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.


Music: Richard Strauss
Lyrics: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
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Archive listings for Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow)

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time: 4hrs (inclu. two intervals)Producer Royal Opera. Producer La Scala Milan. Director Claus Guth. Design Christian Schmidt. Lighting Olaf Winter. Design Andi Muller (video). DramaturgRonny Dietrich. Conductor Semyon Bychkov. Performer Emily Magee (Empress). Performer Michaela Schuster (Nurse). Performer Elena Pankratova (Barak's wife). Performer Johan Botha (Emperor). Performer Johan Reuter (Barak). Performer Jeremy White (One-Armed Brother). Performer Hubert Francis (Hunchback Brother). Performer Adrian Clarke (One-Eyed Brother). Performer Ashley Holland (Spirit Messenger). Performer Anush Hovhannisyan (Voice of the Falcon). Performer Dusica Bijelic (Guardian of the Threshold). Performer Catherine Carby (Voice from Above). Performer Andrew Rees (Apparition of a Youth). Performer Michel de Souza (First Nightwatchman). Performer Jihoon Kim (Second Nightwatchman). Performer Ana James (Voice of Unborn Child). Performer Kiandra Howarth (Voice of Unborn Child). Performer Nadezhda Karyazina (Voice of Unborn Child).
14 Mar 14 to 2 Apr 14Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L0426803530


Sung in German with English supertitles. Duration 4hrs approx.Company Mariinsky Opera. Musical Director Valery Gergiev. Director Jonathan Kent. Director Lloyd Wood (assistant). Design Paul Brown. Lighting Tim Mitchell. Design Sven Ortel (video and projection). Design Nina Dunn (video and projection). Choreographer Denni Sayers. Other Pavel Petrenko (principal chorus master). Other Dmitry Ralko (children's chorus master).
1 Sep 11 to 3 Sep 11Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L07883950


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.Company Royal Opera. Director John Cox. Design David Hockney. Costume Ian Falconer. Lighting Craig Miller. Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi. Performer Johan Botha (Emperor except Oct 25/30). Performer Glenn Winslade (Emperor Oct 25/30). Performer Deborah Voigt (Empress). Performer Alan Titus (Barak). Performer Gabriele Schnaut (Barak's wife). Performer Jane Henschel (Nurse). Performer Adrian Clarke (Barak's Brothers/One-Eyed Brother). Performer Graeme Broadbent (One-Armed Brother). Performer Peter Wedd (Hunchback Brother). Performer Christopher Booth-Jones (Spirit Messenger). Performer Gail Pearson (Voice of a Falcon). Performer Peter Auty (Apparition of a Youth). Performer Elizabeth Sikora (Voice from Above). Performer Jenny Grahn (Guardian of the Treshold). Performer Quentin Hayes (Nightwatchman). Performer Graeme Broadbent (Nightwatchman). Performer Adrian Clarke (Nightwatchman).
9 Oct 01 to 30 Oct 01Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01875346009

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