Kirill Petrenko (photo: Frederike van der Straeten)

Kirill Petrenko conducts Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten”

Can one base one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others? That is the central theme of Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), one of Richard Strauss’s most enigmatic and fascinating operas. The emperor’s wife, daughter of the powerful king of the spirit realm, needs a shadow to save the emperor from being turned to stone and to be able to have children. In order to do that, she must buy the shadow and fertility of the poor dyer’s wife. After performances in Baden-Baden, Kirill Petrenko will conduct Strauss’s splendid psychological drama in a concert performance at the Philharmonie Berlin.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Clay Hilley tenor (The Emperor)

Elza van den Heever soprano (The Empress)

Michaela Schuster mezzo-soprano (Nurse)

Wolfgang Koch bass (Barak, the Dyer)

Iréne Theorin soprano (Dyer's Wife)

Richard Strauss

Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), opera in three acts op. 65

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Kirill Petrenko (photo: Frederike van der Straeten)