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Die Frau ohne Schatten
(Nov. 26, 2013)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Jurowski; Schwanewilms, Goerke, Komlósi, Kerl, Reuter
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 7 min.
Part poetic fairy tale, part meditation on family and marriage, Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s opera features one of the composer’s most ambitious and colorful scores. This broadcast was part of a run of performances that marked a breakthrough for soprano Christine Goerke, who delivers a blazing portrayal of the Dyer’s Wife. She is joined by an extraordinary cast that also includes Anne Schwanewilms in her Met debut as the Empress (the woman without a shadow of the title), Torsten Kerl as the Emperor, Johan Reuter as Barak, and Ildikó Komlósi as the Nurse. Vladimir Jurowski leads the vast musical forces.