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: 4hrs (inclu. two intervals)Performers Emily Magee (Empress), Michaela Schuster (Nurse), Elena Pankratova (Barak's wife), Johan Botha (Emperor), Johan Reuter (Barak), Jeremy White (One-Armed Brother), Hubert Francis (Hunchback Brother), Adrian Clarke (One-Eyed Brother), Ashley Holland (Spirit Messenger), Anush Hovhannisyan (Voice of the Falcon), Dusica Bijelic (Guardian of the Threshold), Catherine Carby (Voice from Above), Andrew Rees (Apparition of a Youth), Michel de Souza (First Nightwatchman), Jihoon Kim (Second Nightwatchman), Ana James (Voice of Unborn Child), Kiandra Howarth (Voice of Unborn Child), Nadezhda Karyazina (Voice of Unborn Child).
Music Richard Strauss. Lyrics Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Producer Royal Opera. Producer La Scala Milan. Director Claus Guth. Design Christian Schmidt. Lighting Olaf Winter. Design Andi Muller (video). Dramaturg Ronny Dietrich. Conductor Semyon Bychkov.