Die Frau ohne Schatten
Der Kaiser - Peter Seiffert
Die Kaiserin - Luana DeVol
Die Amme - Marjana Lipovšek
Barak, der Färber - Alan Titus
Sein Weib -Janis Martin
and other singers
Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor
Ennosuke Ichikawa, stage director
Recorded at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, Nagoya, Japan, 8 and 11 November 1992
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (All Region)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Booklet language: English, French, German
Running time: 183 mins
No. of DVDs: 2
- TDK presents a rare document of an operatic highlight from 1992: the Japanese première of Wolfgang Sawallisch's last production at the Bavarian State Opera, filmed during the Company's tour of Nagoya and Tokyo in autumn 1992.
- Sawallisch - an acclaimed interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss - chose Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his debut as visiting guest conductor of Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra. It was also the occasion of the work's first performance in Japan.
- Sawallisch selected a Japanese production team headed by director and kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa for this new production. The highly artificial movements adopted by the Emperor, Empress and Nurse in particular were all influenced by the kabuki style of acting. Ennosuke Ichikawa also directed TDK's release of Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or (DV-OPLCO), which won wide acclaim for its staging and was described by Opera Now thus: "it looks stunning, is beautifully lit, and never less than interesting."
- This masterfully recorded DVD now finally offers opera fans the opportunity to see an exceptional opera, revealing potent, unsettling music set by Strauss to a magical, fairy-tale plot, which, has until now, been unavailable for home viewing.
"Visually and musically, this is a powerful and exotic treat. Of all the operatic productions released on DVD in 2004, this might turn out to be my favourite." Classical Net on DV-OPLCO