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Die Frau ohne Schatten

203 min
M1500 .S912 F8 2002 DVD

Opera in three acts. Music by Richard Strauss. Libretto by Frau ohne Schatten.

Die Frau ohne Schatten, arguably Strauss' finest collaboration with the great Austrian writer Hofmannsthal, is their "Magic Flute", charting the spiritual journey of two contrasting couples. It is at once a hymn to marriage and its fulfilment by children, and a search for humanity, understanding and love. Sir Georg Solti conducts Götz Friedrich's memorable production with elemental passion, tempered by sensitivity to the magical character of the opera.

Cast: Cheryl Studer (Die Kaiserin) ; Thomas Moser (Der Kaiser) ; Robert Hale (Barak) ; Eva Marton (sein Weib) ; Marjana Lipovsek (Die Amme) ; Andrea Rost, Herbert Lippert, Elizbieta Ardam, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Manfred Hemm, Hans Franzen, Wilfried Gahmlich, Carmen Fuggiss, Petra Schnitzer, Dalia Schaechter, Rannveig Braga, Noriko Sasaki, Gerhard Eder, Karl Nebenführ, Wolfgang Scheider, Birgit Beer, supporting soloists ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Salzburger Chorknaben und -Mädchen ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Sir Georg Solti, conductor.

Recorded live at the 1992 Salzburg Summer Festival.

Sung in German; optional subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Distributed by Decca Classics (

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