[“Das Frühstück it’s!” – Brigitte Hahn (Marschallin) and Liliana Nikiteanu (Octavian) sharing breakfast chocolate and matching outfits in Konwitschny’s staging of the “Rosenkavalier”. – Hamburg 2002]
Fine, so it is actually White Corsage Monday. Though for category’s sake, there IS a white shirt, though it’s negligently tossed across the left corner of the sofa in the back.
Konwitschny’s interpretation of Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier” was much debated, but a very interesting reading, with some really powerful images (I am still looking for an image of the third act trio to share – never was nitrogen put to visually more stunning use). One of his principal ideas was to “make stop with the pretense”: in his reading, Octavian is a woman and much of the Marschallin’s struggles are about being unable to come out of the closet. She commits suicide at the end of Act 1, which gave her monologue a rawness and vulnerability that I’ve hardly ever seen in other productions.
I wouldn’t call it it my favorite staging, but definitely one of my favorites: it is among the most innovative, thought-provoking and fearless productions of the “Rosenkavalier” I have had the pleasure to see (unfortunately, it was not taped for video or DVD release, much like most of Konwitschny’s works for Hamburg).