Die Frau ohne Schatten

Die Frau ohne Schatten

DVD - 2012 | German | Widescreen.
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Already brimming with symbols and transformations, the epic fairy tale recounted in Die Frau ohne Schatten acquires a further allegorical dimension in Christof Loy's inventive production for the Salzburg Festival. The central character, the Empress -- half-spirit, half-human, and unable to bear children until she finds a shadow -- here becomes a young soprano who makes a voyage of personal and professional discovery as she records the opera. A superb cast fulfils the complex vocal and dramatic demands of the piece, which Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic rise gloriously to the challenge of Strauss's most ambitious and splendid operatic score. Fimed in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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eusebius
Apr 07, 2014

Strauss is not my favourite composer, and this is not his most popular work. The weight of mythology is heavy on this opera; the staging is an attempt to lighten it. Evelyn Herlitzius is excellent as the Dyer's wife, Anne Schwanewilms sings very well as the Empress. The third act is rather dull.

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