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La Roche


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(Strauss: Capriccio). Bass. A theatrical impresario, he has been invited by the Count to his sister's château. It is the Countess's birthday and her brother is planning to entertain her with a play which La Roche will produce. It is suggested during the rehearsal that an opera should be written about the events of the day. La Roche sings a long and impressive aria: the guests participating in the entertainment have all been laughing and arguing about the way in which plays are produced and gradually he is losing his patience with their arrogance in thinking that the actors are the ones who really matter in the theatre—after all, what do these young people really know about the art of production? Aria: Hola, ihr Streiter in Apoll! (‘Enough! You ignorant fools!). This role is thought to be based on the famous producer Max Reinhardt, who rescued the première of Der Rosenkavalier from its incompetent producer and to whom, in gratitude, Ariadne auf Naxos was dedicated. Famous singers of La Roche include Paul Schöffler, Hans Hotter (on record only—he never sang it on stage), Karl Ridderbusch, Benno Kusch, Manfred Jungwirth, Ernst Gutstein, Marius Rintzler, Theo Adam, and Stafford Dean. Created (1942) by Georg Hann.

Subjects: Opera.


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