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When spirits enter the human world they can bring only ruin. The daughter of the King of the Spirits is barren - she is a woman without a shadow. Her father has threatened that if she doesn't cast a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, her husband, the Emperor, will be turned to stone. Only a human woman can help her... An unhappy young wife, married to a poor dyer, is tempted by thoughts of a luxurious life, free from the numbing boredom and drudgery of her daily existence. All she has to do is give up her shadow. Die Frau ohne Schatten is a sublime operatic fantasy in which the lives of humans and spirits become ever more tragically intertwined. Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time 4 hours. Supported (1992) by The American Friends of Covent Garden and The Royal Ballet, Inc. There will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast on Saturday 20 October.Performers Johan Botha (Emperor except Oct 25/30), Glenn Winslade (Emperor Oct 25/30), Deborah Voigt (Empress), Alan Titus (Barak), Gabriele Schnaut (Barak's wife), Jane Henschel (Nurse), Adrian Clarke (Barak's Brothers/One-Eyed Brother), Graeme Broadbent (One-Armed Brother), Peter Wedd (Hunchback Brother), Christopher Booth-Jones (Spirit Messenger), Gail Pearson (Voice of a Falcon), Peter Auty (Apparition of a Youth), Elizabeth Sikora (Voice from Above), Jenny Grahn (Guardian of the Treshold), Quentin Hayes (Nightwatchman), Graeme Broadbent (Nightwatchman), Adrian Clarke (Nightwatchman).
Music Richard Strauss. Lyrics Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Company Royal Opera. Director John Cox. Design David Hockney. Costume Ian Falconer. Lighting Craig Miller. Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi.
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