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Can one base one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others? That is the central theme of Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), one of Richard Strauss’s most enigmatic and fascinating operas.

Kirill Petrenko dirigierend
Kirill Petrenko dirigierend Frederike van der Straeten

The emperor’s wife, daughter of the powerful king of the spirit realm, needs a shadow to save the emperor from being turned to stone and to be able to have children. In order to do that, she must buy the shadow and fertility of the poor dyer’s wife. After performances in Baden-Baden, Kirill Petrenko will conduct Strauss’s splendid psychological drama in a concert performance at the Philharmonie Berlin.

Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, opera in three acts op. 65
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Participating artists
Wolfgang Koch
Michaela Schuster
Elza van den Heever
Clay Hilley
Ksenia Nikolaeva
Kirill Petrenko
Berliner Philharmoniker
Peter Hoare
Anna Denisova
Bogdan Baciu
Nathan Berg
Johannes Weisser
Dorottya Láng
Miina-Liisa Värelä
Agnieszka Adamczak
Evan LeRoy Johnson
Theodore Platt
Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe
National Forum of Music Choir Wroclaw
Philharmonie Berlin