Faninal, Sophie von

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(Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier). Sop. The 15‐year‐old daughter of the newly rich Faninal. She has been given in marriage by her father to Baron Ochs. Together with her duenna, she awaits his arrival. First comes his Rosenkavalier (Octavian) to present to her the traditional silver rose. As soon as their eyes meet, it is love at first sight. While they are talking, Faninal's major‐domo announces Ochs's arrival. Sophie is horrified by the sight of the uncouth, lecherous Baron, who tries to make her sit on his knee, pointing out that she now belongs to him. Sophie becomes agitated, Octavian furious, until at last he draws his sword and the Baron receives a minor scratch on his arm. Valzacchi and Annina rush in and help him, bringing a message from ‘Mariandel’ that she will meet him that night at the inn. Sophie makes it clear to her father that she no longer regards Ochs as her future husband and Faninal threatens to put her in a convent. After Ochs's adventures with Mariandel, Sophie and her father come to the inn, summoned by a servant, and Ochs is seen as the boor he truly is. Sophie and Octavian are reunited with her father's blessing. Duet (with Octavian): Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (‘To me has been given the honour’—the glorious Presentation of the Rose scene); trio (with the Marschallin and Octavian): Marie Theres’!… Hab’ mir's gelobt (‘Marie Theres’!…I vowed to myself’); duet (with Octavian): Spür’ nur dich…Ist ein Traum (‘I hold only you…It is a dream’). Singers associated with this role include Elisabeth Schumann, Hilde Gueden, Adèle Kern, Rita Streich, Roberta Peters, Helen Donath, Judith Blegen, Lucia Popp, Ruth Welting, and Barbara Bonney. Created (1911) by Minnie Nast.

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