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Richard Strauss’s Operas in Hi-Vi

29.09.2014 (Mon)
30.09.2014 (Tue)
01.10.2014 (Wed)
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

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*Each screening $120


Moderator: Savio Lau

(Editor (Music Section), Hi Fi Review)

Critics: Thomas Wong, Chui Yuen and Dennis Wu


Screening in German with English Subtitle

Discussion in Cantonese




Richard Strauss occupies a prominent niche in the world of operas. He was regarded as a trailblazer for his innovative composition techniques and setting of libretti and story to music. To give music aficionados more insight into Strauss’s operas, Savio Lau, Editor (Music Section) of Hi Fi Review, a leading magazine in classical music in Hong Kong, has picked three productions for a series of three video shows. They are: Salome, directed by Luc Bondy with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting; Ariadne auf Naxos, directed by Claus Guth, also with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting; and Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with Fabio Luisi conducting.  Each promises to be a magnificent audio visual experience as the venue will be installed with top-of-the line equipment that offer HD (high definition display) and stereo effects. Each screening will open with a brief introduction by the programme host, and end with his discussion with music critics from Hi Fi Review.  Each session promises to be a great way to enjoy Richard Strauss’s operas and to know more about the composer and his works.


29 Sep


The length of screening is 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

(Programme contains nudity)


30 Sep

Ariadne auf Naxos

The length of screening 2 hours 15 minutes, with no intermission.


1 Oct

Der Rosenkavalier   

The length of screening is 3 hours 30 minutes, with an intermission of 15 minutes.



The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute moderator and critics should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

About the Performer



Screening version: The Royal Opera House Covent Garden production in 1997

Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi

Director: Hans Hulscher

Stage Director: Luc Bondy

The Royal Opera House Orchestra 


Salome (Soprano)

Catherine Malfitano


Jochanaan (Baritone)

Bryn Terfel


Herodes (Tenor)

Kenneth Riegel


Herodias (Mezzo-soprano)

Anja Silja


Narraboth (Tenor)

Robert Gambill


The Page of Herodias (Contralto)

Ruby Philogene


First Jew (Tenor)

Peter Bonder


Second Jew (Tenor)

Alexandre Oliver  


Third Jew (Tenor)

Timothy Robinson


Fourth Jew (Tenor)

Rupert Oliver Forbes


Fifth Jew (Tenor)

Jeremy White


First Nazarene (Bass)

Andrew Greenan


Second Nazarene (Tenor)

Gary Magee


First Soldier(Bass)

Graeme Broadbent


Second Soldier (Bass)

Michael Druiett


A Cappadocian (Bass)

Simon Wilding


A Slave (Tenor)

Andrea Hazell



Ariadne auf Naxos

Screening version: The Zurich Opera House production in 2006

Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi

Director: Thomas Grimm

Stage Director: Claus Guth

Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House


The major-domo (Spoken)

Alexander Pereira


The music-master (Baritone)

Michael Volle


The Composer (Soprano)

Michelle Breedt


Tenor / Bacchus (Tenor)

Robero Saccà


Officer (Tenor)

Randall Ball


The dancing-master (Tenor)

Guy de Mey


A Wigmaker(Bass-baritone)

Andrew Ashwin


Lackery (Bass)

Ruben Drole


Zerbinetta (Soprano)

Elena Mosuc


Prima Donna / Ariadne (Soprano)

Emily Magee


Harlequin (Baritone)

Gabriel Bermúdez


Scaramuccio (Tenor)

Martin Zysset


Truffaldino (Bass)

Reinhard Mayr


Brighella (Tenor)

Blagoj Nacoski


Naiad (Soprano)

Eva Liebau


Dryad (Alto)

Irène Friedli


Echo (Soprano)

Sandra Trattnigg 



Der Rosenkavalier

Screening version: The Tokyo NHK Hall production in 2007

Conductor: Fabio Luisi

Director: Eiji Yoshida

Stage Director: Uwe Eric Laufenberg

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden


Marschallin (Soprano)
Anne Schwanewilms


Octavian (Mezzo-soprano)

Anke Vondung

Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Bass)
Kurt Rydl


Herr von Faninal (Baritone)

Hans-Joacim Ketelsen

Sophie von Faninal (Soprano) 

Maki Mori


Marianne (Soprano)

Sabine Brohm


Valzacchi (Tenor)

Oliver Ringelhahn


Annina (Contralto)

Elisabeth Wilke


Police Commissioner (Bass)

Jürgen Commichau



Richard Strauss’s Operas in Hi-Vi

Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum29.09.2014 (Mon)
30.09.2014 (Tue)
01.10.2014 (Wed)


Tickets available from 31 July onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.


Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


Package Discount

10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 2 screenings; 15% off for all 3 screenings.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.



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