In 1925 the film director Robert Wiene, still renowned today for his masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, made a film of Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier, which had premiered in 1911 in Dresden. Filming took place in Vienna; the opulent rococo costumes were designed by Alfred Roller. At the film’s premiere in Dresden in 1926, Richard Strauss himself conducted the music, which had been adapted to keep pace with the movie and contained motifs from his opera. Like many other silent films, only fragments of Der Rosenkavalier survive. However, the Austrian Film Archive has restored the surviving material and reconstructed the missing ending using photos from the final sequences of the film. The successful revival of the film in 2006 also took place in Dresden’s Semperoper. Following our performance, a prize draw will be held and three special New Year gifts will again be presented to audience members.