Looking for something to do before hotdogs and fireworks on July 4 – and beyond? Celebrate the arts in one of its highest forms – and CVNC‘s 13th birthday, too – with a 1979 filmed performance of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Carlos Kleiber.* This Munich cast includes Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender, Lucia Popp, Manfred Jungwirth, and Francisco Araiza. Act I is here; Acts II & III together are here. And to support CVNC – yes, birthday gifts are welcome any time – even after the actual birthday! – click here. We can’t do it without you. Thanks in advance! And enjoy the show. There are fireworks aplenty therein, vocal pyrotechnics that would have warmed you up for our concurrent national celebrations – or any other time..

*There’s a second performance (here and here), from 1994, but the first one, linked above, is marginally superior, capturing Kleiber in his absolute prime.