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Jürgen Rose

Stage and costume designer


German designer Jürgen Rose is particularly known for his collaboration with choreographer John Cranko. He was born in Bernberg and studied acting and painting in Berlin. In 1961 when working on As You Like It, he met Cranko and created his first designs for him at Stuttgart Ballet. His designs for Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet in 1962 won him renown; until 1970 he created designs for most of Cranko’s ballets, including Swan LakeThe FirebirdDaphnis et ChloëInitialen R.B.M.E. and Spuren. Rose has also designed regularly for John Neumeier (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, La Dame aux camélias, Peer Gynt and Cinderella) and Celia Franca (The Nutcracker).

Rose’s extensive work in opera includes Salome for Vienna State Opera and La Scala, Milan, Don Giovanni for Munich State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Parsifal for Vienna State Opera, Arabella, Eugene Onegin, Das Rhinegold and Die Walküre for Hamburg State Opera, Tannhäuser for the Bayreuth Festival and Wozzeck and Ariadne auf Naxos for the Salzburg Festival.