Coliseum hosts Strauus’ Der Rosenkavalier

English National Opera has returned with David McVicar's Scottish Opera production of Richard Strauus' Viennese play Der Rosenkavalier.

The romantic comedy is touted as ideal for culture vultures staying in luxury accommodation in London, with Der Rosenkavalier said to contain some of the composer's most "opulent" and "voluptuous" work.

Audience members will be presented with the bitter-sweet tale of love and aristocratic social-ladder climbing, with tickets available from January 28th to February 27th.

Critics heaped praise on the production's 2008 run, with actors and producers raking in five-star reviews.

"Thanks to McVicar's resourcefulness, Tanya McCallin's sumptuous period costumes… and fine singers, Strauss and Hofmannsthal's bittersweet nostalgia-fest about ageing, loss of love and youthful romance casts its potent spell anew," gushed the Sunday Times in its five-star review.

Actress Sarah Connolly was singled out for her portrayal of Octavian, with the Observer saying that she is: "One of the most glorious Octavians of our time."

The Daily Telegraph chimed in adding: "Sarah Connolly's Octavian was in a class of its own – such elegantly musical singing (and intelligent acting) gives rare pleasure."

A perfect activity for those on romantic London getaways, tickets range in prices from £25 for a balcony seat or just under £100 for stalls.

Accompanying the play, visitors on February 1st can take in the pre-performance talk for an additional £5.

Taking place at the London Coliseum with BBC journalist and well-known TV personality Christopher Cook, interviews will be held with production and cast members on the creative process.

The group's aim is to have a 45-minute session of discussion, debate and clips of live music.

A variety of talks are held on different days for each of the venue's performances, with those attending the February 1st event getting a special guest in the form of English National Opera's music director Edward Gardner.

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