Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow)

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, West End, Greater London WC2E 9DD
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

When spirits enter the human world they can bring only ruin. The daughter of the King of the Spirits is barren - she is a woman without a shadow. Her father has threatened that if she doesn't cast a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, her husband, the Emperor, will be turned to stone. Only a human woman can help her... An unhappy young wife, married to a poor dyer, is tempted by thoughts of a luxurious life, free from the numbing boredom and drudgery of her daily existence. All she has to do is give up her shadow. Die Frau ohne Schatten is a sublime operatic fantasy in which the lives of humans and spirits become ever more tragically intertwined.

Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time: 4hrs (inclu. two intervals)