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What we do within the shadows


Miles Kastendieck within the New York Journal-American:

The viewers sat engrossed. Not solely did the music catch it, however the manufacturing and the efficiency fascinated it. Cheers broke out after every act. There was little question that this opera was a masterpiece and the night a fantastic event.

Whereas a case is likely to be made that “Die Frau ohne Schatten” is essentially the most pretentious opera in historical past, particularly when so extravagantly mounted, that strategy would violate the essence of Strauss. Given the fantasy by Hofmannsthal, he reached out to dress it with penetrating understanding. . . .

Although the Empress will be the pivotal determine, it was the Dyer’s Spouse, sung by Christa Ludwig, who dominated this efficiency. She was the one who bought her shadow, yielding to the temptation of riches. Miss Ludwig emerged as an impressive singing-actress for her dramatic portrayal of the position and a few excellent singing.

On this present day in 1996 soprano Victoria Loukianetz made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta in six performances (and that was all.)


Birthday anniversaries of bass Giorgio Tadeo (1929) and tenor Man Chauvet (1933).



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