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Sunday 10 September 2023, 2.30pm

Saffron Opera Group: Der Rosenkavalier

Saffron Opera Group: Der Rosenkavalier

Presented by Saffron Opera Group

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What if your younger lover fell for someone his own age? Could you help him defeat his rival? Make him happy at your own expense? That’s the dilemma faced by the Marschallin – one of opera’s most complex and intriguing characters – in Richard Strauss’ bittersweet comic masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier.

It’s a dilemma which gets even knottier when the Marschallin’s lecherous cousin Baron Ochs, tries to pursue both the heroine and the hero, disguised as a chambermaid. It all plays out accompanied by a sumptuously melodic score, and concludes with the most ravishing trio of the entire operatic repertoire. Bringing it to life in a concert performance is the much-lauded Saffron Opera Group, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the glow of dazzling reviews for past productions, including a complete Ring Cycle: ‘incandescent’ (Opera Magazine), ‘highest international standards’ (Wagner News), ‘spellbinding’ (The Guardian).

Performance information

Running time

4 hours 30 minutes


Concert performance sung in German with English surtitles

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.


Shuttle bus

Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance

More info

Programme and performers


  • Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier 210 mins


  • Saffron Opera Group Orchestra & Chorus
  • Michael Thorne conductor
  • Catherine Carby Octavian
  • Sarah Redgwick The Marschallin
  • Lucy Hall Sophie
  • Andrew Greenan Baron Ochs
  • William Dazeley Faninal
  • Peter Van Hulle Valzacchi
  • Elaine McKrill Marianne Leitmetzerin
  • With special guest
  • Bonaventura Bottone Italian Tenor

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Information for your visit

Sunday 10 September 2023, 2.30pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Pre-show shuttle bus

1.30pm - 2.30pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

1.30pm - 2.15pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts


Act I

First interval

30 mins

Act 2

Second interval

30 mins

Act 3

Show ends

7pm (approx)
Act 3 is due to finish at 7pm.

Post-show shuttle bus

7pm – 8pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.
More info

Additional information

Event format

This event will have two 30min intervals between Acts 1, 2 and 3


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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