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Closed January 4, 2020

Strauss' bittersweet comic masterpiece

Why See Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier?

Classical & Opera

returning FOR 2019/20!

Disguises, duels and duets are the order of the day in Richard Strauss' magnificently extravagant Der Rosenkavalier, or the Rose-bearer, being the name of an engagement tradition in mid-eighteenth century Vienna. The task is simple, elect someone to deliver to your beloved a silver rose as proof of your love and reap the reward in matrimony. But woe-betide you if you chose the wrong man, especially if he is younger, more handsome and altogether a lot more desirable than you.

Returning for the first time since its 2017 debut, don't miss this stunning production from Robert Carsen, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle! Comic and romantic, Der Rosenkavalier is also a poignant and bittersweet exploration of the passage of time and the effect on our hearts.

What is the story?

Concerning the older and alluring Marshallian, a grand princess who finds solace in the arms of her much younger lover Octavian until the entrance of her hot-blooded and churlish cousin Baron Ochs. Setting his sights on wealthy and beautiful merchant's daughter Sophie, he enlists the help of Octavian as his rose bearer. Of course, once they set eyes on each other, all is lost for both Marshallian and Baron Ochs. The former accepts her fate elegantly, the latter, well, not so much...

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Opening night: 13 December 2019


Sung in German with titles in English, German and Spanish

Run time

Four hours and 23 minutes long with two intermissions

Cast and Creative


Camilla Nylund is the worldly Marschallin
Magdalena Kozen as Octavian
Gunther Groissbock as Baron Ochs
Golda Schultz as Sophie


Conductor - Sir Simon Rattle
Composer - Richard Straus
Librettist - Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Production - Robert Carsen
Set - Paul Steinberg
Costume - Brigitte Reiffenstuel

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