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Der Rosenkavalier

Delight in the legendary German composer Richard Strauss’ magnum opus, Der Rosenkavalier, which is considered to be one of the epitome of comic opera.


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why watch der rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier will be returning to the MET Opera after a two-year pause. Although famous for being a comic opera, Der Rosenkavalier also incorporates several darker themes, including infidelity, sexual predation, and an acute sense of selfishness. Der Rosenkavalier is also known for celebrating women’s immense contribution to opera, with its protagonists performing several duets and a trio towards its climax.

The libretto by Hofmannsthal is renowned for cleverly combining the elements of nostalgic fantasy and comedy with a dash of philosophy and social commentary. Strauss’s memorable score combines the refinement of Mozart with the richness and orchestration of Wagner.

The Story

Marschallin, the princess of Vienna is lounging in bed together with her young flame, Count Octavian. She hears loud voices outside in the antechamber, and she tells Octavian to hide, fearing that her husband has returned early from his hunting trip. Marschallin’s cousin, the crude-mannered Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau, bursts in through the door and asks her for advice on which cavalier should present the engagement ring to his fiance, Sophie von Faninal. Marschallin suggests Octavian, who is disguised as a chambermaid named Mariandel. Immediately, Ochs makes an advance towards Octavian, who manages to escape in the nick of time as petitioners fill in.

When Octavian returns, he finds Marschallin in a melancholic mood and declares his love for her. Marschall, however, contemplating her own waning youth, tells him that he too will soon leave her for a younger woman. Octavian is hurt by the lack of faith and leaves the room in a flurry, as Marschallin tries to call him back.

Will Marschallin’s prediction turn out to be true? Will Octavian truly leave her for a younger woman? Will Baron Ochs’ boorish behavior dissuade Sophie from wanting to marry him? Find out in this exquisite Met Opera presentation of Strauss’ fascinating composition.

Good For

Lovers of Comedies | Fans of Richard Strauss

Critics Review

“ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ is not just about the passage of time and aging, but also about the importance of knowing when to let something or even someone, go — in all stages of life.” - New York Times

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Show Details

Opening: 13 Dec, 2019
End: 4 Jan, 2020

Show Timings

13, 17, 20, 23 Dec 7 PM
28 Dec 7:30 PM
1 Jan 7 PM
4 Jan 12 PM

4hrs 16min, including two intermissions

Conductor: Simon Rattle
Camilla Nylund/ Katie Van Kooten as Marschallin
Magdalena Kozena/ Angela Brower as Octavian
Golda Schultz as Sophie

Produced By
Robert Carsen

Set Designer
Paul Steinberg

Philippe Girardeau

Additional Information

Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance

Recommended for adults

Wheelchair Accessible
In-House Bar
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

  • By Subway: Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
  • By Bus: Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Ave/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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