Strauss: The Woman Without a Shadow

Kirill Petrenko, Berliner Philharmoniker

Monumental opera. When painter Gustav Klimt coated his famous paintings with gold leaf, Richard Strauss musically reveled in the opulence that was so typical of Vienna at the time. No fewer than five powerful Wagnerian voices are needed for his Die Frau ohne Schatten, not to mention the many supporting roles. Strauss’s fairy tale is thus the epitome of a festival opera. To conjure up the effects of this sound magician, his mammoth orchestra also employs five Chinese gongs and a glass harmonica. A central work of Art Nouveau, a gathering of exceptional voices, a delight for the audience, and a musical calling card for the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Artist

Chor des Nationalen Musikforums Breslau
Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe
Lydia Steier Regie
Paul Zoller Stage
Katharina Schlipf Costumes
Elana Siberski Light
Momme Hinrichs Videodesign
Mark Schachtsiek Dramaturgy
Miina-Liisa Värelä The dyer
Wolfgang Koch Barak
Elza van den Heever The empress
Michaela Schuster The nurse
Clay Hilley The emperor
Bogdan Baciu The messenger of Keikobad
Johannes Weisser The one-eyed man
Nathan Berg The one-armed man
Peter Hoare The hunchback
Evan LeRoy Johnson The apparition of a youth
Theodore Platt First town watchman
Agnieszka Adamczak The voice of a falcon, The guardian of the temple threshold, First Servant, First child's voice, First voice of the unborn
Anna Denisova Second servant, Second child's voice, Second voice of the unborn
Dorottya Lang Third servant, Fourth child's voice, Fourth voice of the unborn
Kseniia Nikolaieva A voice from above, Fifths child's voice, Sixth voice of the unborn

Cooperation and partnership

Patrons of the Concert: Bernd-Dieter and Ingeborg Gonska