Concert will begin at 00:30 hours GMT
Met's encore stream: Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier' with Fleming, Schäfer, Graham, Culter and Allen from New York
Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier' is a comic opera in three acts to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It is loosely adapted from the novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière’s comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin, her very young lover Count Octavian Rofrano, her coarse cousin Baron Ochs and Ochs' prospective fiancée Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a rich bourgeois.
Performers: Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson.
Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
Recorded 9 January 2010.