Christopher Waltz, Academy Award-winning actor, makes his opera directorial debut with Der Rosenkavalier at De Vlaamse Opera this evening. The Austrian-German star of Quentin Tarantino's films Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained grew up in Vienna where he studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. He also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. He started as a stage actor, performing at venues such as Zurich's Schauspielhaus Zürich, Vienna's Burgtheater, and the Salzburg Festival. He became a prolific television actor. In 2000, he made his directorial debut, with the German television production Wenn man sich traut. Mr. Waltz comes from a theatrical family and so the Flemish opera cast rehearsed scenes without music to help gain more insight to their characters. [Source, Source, Source] Cast list is after the jump.
DIE FELDMARSCHALLIN: Maria Bengtsson
BARON OCHS: Albert Pesendorfer (15, 17, 20 Dec 2013 / 9, 11, 19 Jan 2014)/Jürgen Linn - (22, 26, 28 Dec 2013)
OCTAVIAN: Stella Doufexis
HERR VON FANINAL: Michael Kraus
SOPHIE: Christiane Karg JUNGFER MARIANNE: Hanne Roos
VALZACCHI: Guy De Mey
ANNINA: Ezgi Kutlu