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15 Feb 2006

Die Frau ohne Schatten, Finnish National Opera

Die_Frau_Finland_detail.jpgBy George Loomis [Financial Times, 15 February 2006]

The Woman Without a Shadow can stir an audience like no other Strauss opera, even Der Rosenkavalier. A mix of the grand and the grandiose, it attracts those who want to chew on something of Wagnerian proportions, and Hofmannstal's mysterious, symbol-laden libretto adds richness. In the end, Frau is surprisingly optimistic in celebrating humanity, which may be one reason Strauss lavished on it some of his most opulent and heartfelt music in late-romantic vein.

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