Richard Strauss

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Premiere Opera

25 May 2019
Saturday
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Cast | 25.05.2019

Conductor Christian Thielemann
Director Vincent Huguet
Set design Aurélie Maestre
Costumes Clémence Pernoud
Licht und Video Bertrand Couderc
Dramaturg Louis Geisler
 
Der Kaiser Stephen Gould
Die Kaiserin Camilla Nylund
Die Amme Evelyn Herlitzius
Geisterbote Sebastian Holecek
Barak Wolfgang Koch
Sein Weib Nina Stemme
 

Details

Not all that many important masterpieces have had their world première at the opera house on the Ring. Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, is one of the few exceptions in this regard. On 10 October 1919 the opera that Strauss regarded as his “last romantic opera” first saw the light of day at the Wiener Staatsoper; since then, it has been a fixture on international schedules. While they were still working on the piece, the composer said enthusiastically of the libretto: “Unbelievably noble, superb, mature and interesting, with magnificent dramatic, moral problems, marvellous scenic events.” In terms of the music and musical drama, Strauss took up some of Wagner’s ideas and expanded them with his own. Mozart’s The Magic Flute was the inspiration for the fairy-tale ambience and the tests which the heroes must undergo.

Upcoming events

30 May 2019
Thursday
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02 June 2019
Sunday
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06 June 2019
Thursday
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10 June 2019
Monday
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Sponsors

This production is made possible thanks to the support of