A Rose by Any Other Name: My Journey with “Der Rosenkavalier”

Today, I am simply brimming with excitement to share with you a piece of my heart that I’ve recently poured into a song. It’s a venture into the rich, luscious world of Richard Strauss, and oh, what a journey it has been. I’ve had the joy and challenge of delving into the character of Sophie from “Der Rosenkavalier,” and it’s been an enlightening exploration of both my voice and my spirit.

“Der Rosenkavalier,” with its sweeping melodies and complex emotions, has always been a dream of mine to perform. There’s something about Strauss’s composition that feels like you’re spinning into a world painted with the most tender and passionate colours. And within this operatic masterpiece, there’s a character that resonates deeply with me – Sophie. She’s young, she’s spirited, and she’s caught in the throes of love’s first blush. Portraying her has been a process of rediscovering my own youthful exuberance, and it’s been as refreshing as it has been profound.

To encapsulate Sophie’s essence, I had to find a balance between innocence and the dawning of a profound love. There’s a purity in her voice that intertwines beautifully with the more grounded, passionate tones of Octavian. Strauss was a genius in creating this vocal dance, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to bring it to life.

Now, for the part that makes my heart flutter – I have recorded a performance of the aria Ich Bin Euer Liebden and I am so delighted to share it with you. I often say that sharing music is like sharing a part of your soul, and this piece is no different. It’s a little window into the growth I’ve experienced not just as a singer but as an artist and storyteller.

As always, I must give a wholehearted thank you to my marvelous pianist, my husband George Todica, who has been an anchor through the ebbs and flows of learning this piece, and to you, my dear friends, for your endless support and encouragement.

Every time I take on a new piece, there’s a reflection that follows – a quiet moment where I sit with the music and feel its reverberations in my soul. “Der Rosenkavalier” has taught me much about the layers of emotion one can convey through song, and it’s given me a renewed sense of dedication to my craft.

I cannot wait to read your thoughts on the performance, and as always, I’m sending out love and a song in my heart to each and every one of you.

33 thoughts on “A Rose by Any Other Name: My Journey with “Der Rosenkavalier”

  1. Charlotte, your voice is so beautiful and powerful, I love it. Your facial expressions and hand/arm gestures add so much to your performance. Wonderful! πŸ₯°πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Be well, guys.

  2. Charlotte:

    This is beautifulβ€”one of the best thing you have posted. I love that moment in the opera! I recently played the desert island game with some friends in opera: five operas by five different composers (so only one opera per composer) and Rosenkavalier was 1 or 2 on even that short list. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I’ve still got chills on my arms.
    You are a sublime talent, a new voice in an old art form.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, Charlotte!
    Best to you and George, and have a great week!

  4. “There’s a purity in her voice that intertwines beautifully with the more grounded, passionate tones of Octavian.” Yes, indeed, Charlotte. This is a wonderful performance, especially with George’s sensitive piano. It makes me proud to know you, even though we will never meet.

    1. Thank you Derrick, I’ve lost my link to your new blog and your gravatar takes me to your old blog could you post me a link here please.
      Best wishes

  5. A beautiful performance.
    I don’t think I have ever heard it done this way before, as an aria with piano accompaniment. In the opera, this is one side of a duet between Octavian and Sophie, from the scene in the second act when he gives her the silver rose on behalf of Baron Ochs.
    My take on the Richard Strauss operas, including Der Rosenkavalier, is here: https://operasandcycling.com/operas-by-richard-strauss/

  6. I just saw this on YouTube (and the Mozart piece you posted), and came to tell you how much I liked it. But then I discovered this post. ” It’s a little window into the growth I’ve experienced not just as a singer but as an artist and storyteller.” That is exactly what I wanted to tell you after listening to it two times through (three times now πŸ™‚ ). You are a wonderful artist, so I was taken a little by surprise by that added depth and beauty. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Dear Charlotte, I’m late for this performance, so here I am on my own, no audience shifting in their seats, coughing or fumbling with their programmes. This is just so wonderful, your voice & Richard Strauss’s song are a match made in my heaven. If I get shipwrecked on that famous desert island, I would want this song & your voice to keep me company there.
    Thank you Charlotte πŸŒΉπŸ’“ & of course thanks to George for his wonderful accompaniment. πŸ™

  8. Such wonderful news ~ and hearing your powerful, emotional voice and also how it comes to life with your emotions in the video is something special. Congratulations and continue on this beautiful path you are on.

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