Der Rosenkavalier (Staatsoper)

Nicolas Brieger’s elegant staging of Strauss’ most popular opera is one of the Staatsoper’s oldest and best-loved productions. Recent casts have included Magdelena Kozena, Angelika Denoke, Anna Prohaska and Peter Rose, conducted by the likes of Simon Rattle (chief conductor at the nearby Berlin Philharmonic) and the Hungarian maestro Asher Fisch. Brieger’s direct and striking design brings to mind both Ruth Berghaus and Gilbert Defloe. His horseshoe-shaped set morphs ingenuously from the decaying elegance of the Marschellin’s bedroom, to the bourgeois trappings of the Faninal residence, to the seedy inn of the closing act. The only false note the production strikes is in the jumbled chaos of the Baron’s aborted seduction.

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