Richard Strauss’ bittersweet comic opera Der Rosenkavalier marked the start of one of the great artistic partnerships between the composer and the playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal. In this production by Robert Carsen, Renée Fleming stars as the Marschallin and Alice Coote, as her young lover Octavian. Knowing their love will end, they plot together to save Sophie von Faninal (Sophie Bevan) from a loveless marriage to the philandering Baron Ochs (Matthew Rose). The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are conducted by Andris Nelsons. This broadcast was recorded in January 2017.