Die Frau ohne Schatten

Richard Strauss

New Teatro alla Scala Production

From 11 to 27 March 2012

Running Time: 4 hours 10 minutes intermissions included

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Die Frau ohne Schatten sees the debut of director Claus Guth. The formidable result of the collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, this symbolic and colourful tale takes as its central theme the mysterious significance of shadow. As Hofmannsthal wrote to Strauss: “It is a fairy tale with two men confronting two women, and […] The opera […] would be to the Magic Flute what Der Rosenkavalier is to the Marriage of Figaro”.

Following in the steps of Luc Bondy’s Salome and Herbert Wernicke’s Der Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten is the next instalment in the Strauss cycle at La Scala and the first of four works in co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Marc Albrecht conducts.


Marc Albrecht
Claus Guth
Sets and costumes
Christian Schmidt
Olaf Winter
Andi A. Müller


Der Kaiser
Johan Botha
Die Kaiserin
Emily Magee
Die Amme
Michaela Schuster
Der Geisterbote
Samuel Youn
Ein Hüter der Schwelle des Tempels
Mandy Fredrich
Erscheinung eines Jünglings
Peter Sonn
Die Stimme des Falken
Talia Or
Eine Stimme von oben
Maria Radner
Barak, der Färber
Falk Struckmann
Die Färberin
Elena Pankratova
Der Einäugige
Christian Miedl
Der Einarmige
Alexander Vassiliev
Der Bucklige
Roman Sadnik
Ein Wächter
Mikheil Kiria
Lucia Ellis Bertini
Alla Utyanova
Stefania Gianni
Keikobad (dancer)
Paul Lorenger

Due to a sudden surgery, Maestro Semyon Bychkov is forced to withdraw from the direction of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Maestro Bychkov confirms anyway its commitment for the three symphonic concerts scheduled on 19, 21 and 22 March, for he will be out of convalescence by that time.
The new conductor on the music stand will be Marc Albrecht, new Amsterdam Opera Musical Director, and higly regarded performer of Strauss’ music.

In co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Teatro alla Scala