The tenth episode of OperaWednesday presents highlights from Richard Strauss's magnum opus on 25 November 2020. The best excerpts from Die Frau ohne Schatten are interpreted by internationally renowned leading soloists of the Hungarian State Opera. The performance can be viewed on Facebook and Origo.hu from 8:00 p.m.
The daughter of the Emperor of the Spirit Realm turned from a gazelle into a beautiful girl. Hunter and prey fell in love with each other: the fairy girl became the Empress of the Southeastern Islands. Since then, light has penetrated her body as if she were of glass: a spirit trapped in the world of humans. If she cannot obtain her shadow, the Emperor will turn into stone… Conceived at wartime, this tale is about humanity, self-sacrifice and the appreciation of happiness.
The highlights featuring costumes created for the 2014 premiere at the Opera House by internationally acclaimed designer Kati Zoób are staged by Katalin Lázár. Featuring Ildikó Komlósi (Amme), Eszter Sümegi (Kaiserin), István Kovácsházi (Kaiser), Szilvia Rálik (Die Färberin), Zsolt Haja (Barak / Geisterbote), Anikó Bakonyi (Falke), Eszter Zemlényi (Hüter der Schwelle des Tempels) and Erika Dallos (piano). The performance is narrated by Dániel Mona.
Photo by Attila Nagy