Richard Strauss composed Die Frau ohne Schatten on a libretto by the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the premiere of the opera took place in Vienna in 1919.
The Empress, who agrees to marry the Emperor after being captured in the form of a gazelle, lives in human form but has no shadow, and can not have children. She has only three days to find a shadow or she will be plunged into the world of spirits, and the Emperor will be turned to stone.
This documentary sees Christian Thielemann's leadership the orchestra and chorus, and features comments from singers about their vocal interpretation of the text in this concert version.
One season with the Vienna Philharmonic
Philippe Jordan, David McVicar – Nadja Michael (Salome), Thomas Moser (Herod), Joseph Kaiser (Narraboth) – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden