Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
SET DESIGNER / Paul Steinberg
COSTUME DESIGNER / Brigitte Reiffenstuel
LIGHTING DESIGNERS / Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet
CHOREOGRAPHER / Philippe Giraudeau
The opera is originally set in Vienna in the 1740s. Genuine historical references are merged with fictitious inventions (like the “noble custom” of the presentation of the silver rose to a fiancée, which never actually existed) and anachronisms (like the Viennese Waltz, which did not yet exist at that time). It’s a mixture that creates a seductive mythical landscape, a ceremonious and impossibly beautiful Vienna-that-never-was. The Met’s current production moves the setting to the last years of the Habsburg Empire.