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Production: Herbert Wernicke
Sets, Costumes, and Lighting: Herbert Wernicke


Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2013-14 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.

Die Frau ohne Schatten
(The Woman without a Shadow)

Approximate running time 4 hrs. 2 min.

A legendary Met production directed by the late Herbert Wernicke returns for the first time in ten years. The fantastical genius of the Strauss score and the Hofmannsthal libretto will be interpreted by conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a thrilling cast. Anne Schwanewilms and Torsten Kerl are the otherworldly Empress and Emperor, and Johan Reuter is Barak. Christine Goerke, the rising dramatic soprano star, returns to the Met as the Dyer’s Wife, whose shadow the Empress must win to free herself from a fatal decree.

Vladimir Jurowski "conducts with abiding passion, sensitivity and propulsion. The Met orchestra plays virtuosically for him... Christine Goerke imbues the mood swings of the Dyer¹s Wife with gutsy ardour and vocal grandeur... Richard Paul Fink makes a major impression in the minor duties of the Spirit Messenger." (Financial Times)

" overwhelming artistic experience. It's how you dream opera ought to be." (New York Observer)

Christine Goerke "has a voice of immense force and wide-ranging expressivity... Absolutely go see her..." (Alex Ross, "The Rest Is Noise")

"Enchanting... Wernicke's production captures the wondrous fantasy of the opera and exposes its human core." (New York Times)

"Enthralling... an engrossing, visually beautiful... realization" (New York Times)

"Dazzling... Wernicke's sets, costumes, lighting and stage action do a marvelous job of bringing to life the work." (AP)


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.