Die Frau ohne Schatten

Richard Strauss

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Opera in three acts | Text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal | Playing time ca. 4 1/4 hours | Two intermissions

Introduction 4:15pm in the Concert Foyer


Opera in three acts | Text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal | In German with German and English supertitles | Playing time ca. 4 1/4 hours | Two intermissions

Within three days, the Empress -- daughter of Keikobad, king of the spirit world -- must obtain a shadow and become fully human. Otherwise, she will lose her husband the Emperor, who will be turned to stone. Her Nursemaid comes up with plan for her to buy a shadow – and the ability to bear children that comes with it – from the Dyer’s Wife. But when the Empress learns that her purchase will put not just Barak the Dyer and his wife’s love, but their very lives, in jeopardy, she reconsiders, and thus reveals her humanity.
This opera, with a text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is in certain respects a modern continuation of The Magic Flute. Richard Strauss considered it his magnum opus. It is a colorfully dazzling musical fairy tale, built on a deep foundation of humanism. With the First World War and the changing role of women hovering in the background, the opera dwells upon the continually evolving theme of motherhood. The voices of the parable-like figures blend with the greater monumental orchestral context, reminding the listener of Strauss’ Symphonic Poems.
General Music Director Ulf Schirmer, a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Strauss Days, leads this anniversary-year premiere in a production by the Hungarian director Balázs Kovalik.
Ulf Schirmer
Ulf Schirmer Musikalische Leitung
Balázs Kovalik
Balázs Kovalik Inszenierung
Michael Röger
Michael Röger Licht
Thomas Eitler-de Lint
Thomas Eitler-de Lint Einstudierung Chor
Sophie Bauer
Sophie Bauer Einstudierung Kinderchor
Christian Geltinger
Christian Geltinger Dramaturgie
Manuela Uhl
Manuela Uhl Die Kaiserin
Karin Lovelius
Karin Lovelius Die Amme
Bianca Tognocchi
Bianca Tognocchi Ein Hüter der Schwelle des Tempels
Magdalena Hinterdobler
Magdalena Hinterdobler Die Stimme des Falken
Sandra Janke
Sandra Janke Eine Stimme von oben
Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer Wilson Baraks Frau (Färberin)
Bianca Tognocchi
Bianca Tognocchi 1. Dienerin
Magdalena Hinterdobler
Magdalena Hinterdobler 2. Dienerin
Sandra Janke
Sandra Janke 3. Dienerin
(c) C_Moses
Stefan Vinke Der Kaiser
Tuomas Pursio
Tuomas Pursio Der Geisterbote / Wächter
Patrick Vogel
Patrick Vogel Erscheinung eines Jünglings
Thomas J. Mayer
Thomas J. Mayer Barak
Jonathan Michie
Jonathan Michie Der Einäugige / Wächter
Sejong Chang
Sejong Chang Der Einarmige / Wächter
Dan Karlström
Dan Karlström Der Bucklige

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