Die Frau ohne Schatten

By Richard Strauss
June 4, 10, 20, 23, 28, 2023


 

Magic created her.
Humanity will save her.

Half-spirit and half-mortal, the Empress lives in fear of a curse: If she doesn’t acquire a human shadow in three days’ time, the spirit world will reclaim her—and turn her husband to stone.

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Sung in German with English supertitles

 

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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 4 hours including two intermissions

Why You Should See It

It’s a fairy tale spun from the same kind of dark magic and myth-making you can find in Pan’s Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, and Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.

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The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

“[Etienne] Dupuis the Canadian baritone deploys immense charm and seduction, phrasing with infinite finesse.”
Opera News

“[Adela Zaharia’s] voice was equal parts shimmer and opulence.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Luca] Pisaroni’s natural charm comes through, lending Leporello a touch of swagger.”
The New York Times

Synopsis

Half-spirit and half-mortal, an empress lives in fear of a curse: If she doesn’t acquire a human shadow in three days’ time, the spirit world will reclaim her—and turn her husband to stone.

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Cast & Crew

Cast
The Empress Camilla Nylund
The Emperor David Butt Philip *
Barak's Wife Nina Stemme
Barak Johan Reuter *
The Nurse Linda Watson *

Performances

June 4, 10, 20, 23, 28, 2023

Crew
Conductor Sir Donald Runnicles
Production and Set Designer David Hockney
Stage Director Roy Rallo
Costume Designer Ian Falconer
Original Lighting Designer Alan Burrett *
Chorus Director John Keene

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten can be found in our Archive.

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Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Bernard and Barbro Osher.

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