Silent Treatment: DF reviews Strauss’s Schweigsame Frau at Bard (for Parterre Box)

Though I consider myself a deeply committed Richard Strauss-ophile, the composer’s Die Schweigsame Frau—a 1933-4 opera whose librettist was the distinguished Austrian writer, Stefan Zweig—has eluded me in live performance. The news that Bard SummerScape would produce it this year made a trip there a must.

At the same time, I’m also a general believer that there’s usually a good reason why some works are seldom presented without cuts. So the announcement that BSS’s revival would include a very significant amount of material—more than an hour, by my count—that was removed even before the premiere gave me pause.

In the end, both sides of me were validated…

Click here to read the full post at Parterre Box.

Categories: Criticism, Music, PARTERRE BOX

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