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By Richard StraussJune 4, 10, 20, 23, 28, 2023
Magic created her.Humanity will save her.
Half-spirit and half-mortal, the Empress lives in fear of a curse: If she doesn’t acquire a human shadow in three days’ time, the spirit world will reclaim her—and turn her husband to stone.Strauss’ rarely performed masterpiece returns for the first time in over 30 years in a vibrant production designed by acclaimed artist David Hockney. Former San Francisco Opera Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles conducts.
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Libretto by Hugo von HofmannsthalSung in German with English supertitles
Approximately 4 hours including two intermissions
It’s a fairy tale spun from the same kind of dark magic and myth-making you can find in Pan’s Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, and Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.
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Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.
"[Nina] Stemme's voice harkens back to a golden age of opera while simultaneously proclaiming her as a dramatic soprano built for the twenty-first century."-Opera News
"[Johan] Reuter’s ardently phrased Barak was the musical heart of the Met’s 2013 revival of Die Frau ohne Schatten, a performance of genuine star quality."-Opera News
"Camilla Nylund... outdid herself as the shadowless Empress, harnessing her liquid silver soprano for a powerful role debut."-Opera News
Three days. That’s all that remains before a magical, shapeshifting empress is dragged back into the spirit realm—and her husband turned to stone. But there’s one way she can save them both: by gambling with a mortal woman’s future.
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June 4, 10, 20, 23, 28, 2023
* San Francisco Opera Debut
Previous performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten can be found in our Archive.
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