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A Tremendous Production

Strauss's 'Woman' on the analyst's couch,
by GIUSEPPE PENNISI

 

Hofmannsthal and Strauss' masterpiece Die Frau ohne Schatten is a very special fairytale or apologue rarely performed in Italy. In the last thirty years, it was on stage in Milan twice with a production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle imported from Köln (and conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch and Giuseppe Sinopoli) and twice in Florence. One of the two Florence stagings was the Milan/Köln production. The other was a Yannis Kokkos / Zubin Mehta extravaganza which inaugurated the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival on 29 April 2010 but due to strikes had only two performances [read: 'Difficult to Forget', M&V, 2 May 2010]...

Copyright © 9 April 2012 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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