Des Moines Metro Opera
Martin AchrainerDer Einäugige (Baritone)
THE WOMAN WITHOUT A SHADOW
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
Opera in three acts
Text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
In German with captions
Location Großer Saal Musiktheater
Duration 04 hrs. 00 min.
"The King of the Spirit Realm’s daughter has married the mortal Emperor. For the relationship to endure, she has to become a real woman and bear children. But this is impossible for the empress from another realm, symbolized by her not having a shadow. However, a dyer’s wife is prepared to sacrifice her shadow and her unborn children and give them to the Empress. But can she accept such a sacrifice?
Richard Strauss and his congenial librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, tuned this fairytale plot into one of the most multifaceted, ecstatic and poignant operas of the earl y 20th Century. "