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Die Frau ohne Schatten

OpernhausLeipzig, Sachsen, D 04109, Deutschland
2020 April 19, Juli 12 um 17:00
Oper Leipzig
Ulf SchirmerDirigent
Balázs KovalikRegisseur
Heike ScheeleBühnenbild
Sebastian EllrichKostüme
Jennifer WilsonSopranBarak the Dyer's Wife
Manuela UhlSopranEmpress
Karin LoveliusMezzosopranNurse
Stefan VinkeTenorEmperor
Thomas Johannes MayerBaritonBarak, the Dyer
Bianca TognocchiSopranThe Guardian of the Threshold, The First Maid
Magdalena HinterdoblerSopranThe Second Maid, The Voice of a Falcon
Sandra JankeAltThe Third Maid, A Voice From Above
Patrick VogelTenorThe Apparition of a Youth
Dan KarlströmTenorThe Hunchback, Barak's Brother
Tuomas PursioBaritonThe Messenger of Keikobad
Sejong ChangBassThe One-Armed Man, Barak’s Brother
Jonathan MichieBaritonThe One-Eyed Man, Barak’s Brother
Michael RögerLicht
Thomas Eitler-de LintChorleitung
Kinderchor der Oper Leipzig
Opernchor Leipzig
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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.

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