The Royal Opera - Die Frau ohne Schatten Reviews
4 June 2020
Emily Magee (Empress)
Elena Pankratova (Barak's Wife), Michaela Schuster (Nurse), Emily Magee (Empress)
Elena Pankratova (Barak's Wife), Emily Magee (Empress), Johan Reuter (Barak)
Emily Magee (Empress), Johan Botha (Emperor)
Emily Magee (Empress)

Performance reviews

Key Photo gallery Production details Video link
Die Frau ohne Schatten

The Royal Opera

No. of reviews: 20

Richard Strauss y el carnaval de los animales
15 Apr 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
With Bychkov conducting and with an excellent cast of singers, musically the performance is exceptional
2 Apr 14 / Musical Criticism
Die Frau ohne Schatten prolonge dans un même niveau d’excellence l’année Strauss de Londres
31 Mar 14 / Anaclase
An opera where seeing is disbelieving
28 Mar 14 / Wall Street Journal
Un cauchemar à décoder
27 Mar 14 / Forum Opéra
An exhilarating and exhausting evening
24 Mar 14 / Express
The Royal Opera's production of Strauss's four-hour epic is opaque but the music is magnificent
23 Mar 14 / The Observer
Musically, the evening is exceptional
22 Mar 14 / Music OMH
This Strauss in the House is as good as it gets
21 Mar 14 / The Jewish Chronicle
The operatic search for truth amid the noise
21 Mar 14 / New Statesman
Conductor and cast deliver near ideal performances but the staging needed more focus
20 Mar 14 / The Spectator
A glorious evening musically, sustained by a superb cast
18 Mar 14 / The Stage
Semyon Bychkov secured playing that brought out the heft and impact
17 Mar 14 / Classical Source
Stunning performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten compensates for opaque plot
17 Mar 14 / Seen and Heard
Claus Guth’s production offers a Freudian interpretation of Richard Strauss’s biggest opera
17 Mar 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Musically exceptional, even if director Claus Guth's dramatic treatment can feel muddled
17 Mar 14 / The Guardian
Compelling dream-interpretation of Strauss's myth graced by fine singing and conducting
16 Mar 14 / The Arts Desk
An exciting and exhausting evening in the company of Strauss's grand pretentious opera
16 Mar 14 / Telegraph
An ideal cast make for a breath-taking performance in this brilliant new production
16 Mar 14 / Independent
Strauss's psychological fairy tale brilliantly staged by Claus Guth on his Covent Garden debut
16 Mar 14 / What's on Stage
Soprano Emily Magee
I faced great questions of mortality and motherhood for Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Production details
Botha, Magee, Schuster, Holland, Bijelic, Philip, Hovhannisyan, Carby, Reuter, Pankratova, Clarke, White, Francis, de Souza, Kim, Clarke
(c) Bychkov (d) Guth
Performance dates
14, 17, 20, 23(m), 26, 29 March 2014
Trending reviews
From our archives:
Tristan und Isolde (2015)

Vienna State Opera

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Bavarian State Opera