Die Frau ohne Schatten
by Richard Strauss turned everything topsy-turvy at this year’s Salzburg Festival. The opera
is not performed very often because of the demands it makes on casting, scenery, and orchestra: It basically needs two top-notch dramatic sopranos, one Heldentenor
, a dramatic mezzo and one profound bass-baritone – all of them if possible with a lyrical bent and furthermore, it asks for over 150 instruments and almost as many musicians.
Finally available to debut conducting an opera at the Salzburg Festival this summer, Christian Thielemann, the great Strauss interpreter accepted the challenge.
The new staging of Hugo von Hoffmansthal’s symbolic tale by Christof Loy is brought to life by a line-up of the greatest Strauss singers of our time and proved to be one of this summer’s highlights.
‘Behind the Scenes’ accompanies the exceptional conductor at the Salzburg Festival. The documentary provides insight into the musical creation process of an opera. It shows how Christian Thielemann works with the singers and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and includes stage rehearsal scenes as well as interviews with the conductor himself, the stage director Christoph Loy and the lead singers, Anne Schwanewilms, Evelyn Herlitzius, Michaela Schuster and Wolfgang Koch.