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Die schweigsame Frau

Silence is silver, deception is golden. Comic opera by Richard Strauss.

The Swedish première of Strauss’s comic opera ‘The Silent Woman’, a glittering gem that regales us with powerful music, large ensembles and quiet reflection.

A cantankerous old man, a clever woman, an amorous young man and a crafty barber. Strauss’s comedy Die schweigsame Frau contains several familiar ingredients, including subterfuge and intrigue: the youngsters trick their elders and love wins the day.

Old Morosus dislikes loud noises, so he’s less than enamoured of his nephew Henry’s travelling opera company. Now Morosus wants to enjoy quiet, peaceful life with a silent wife. And this proves the key to the young couple’s happiness. Is the quiet and timid Aminta really all she seems? Love and music triumph when Morosus finally pronounces his blessing: ‘How beautiful music is, but even more beautiful when it’s over.

Richard Strauss’s comic opera from 1935, ‘The Silent Woman’, finally sees its Swedish premiere. A glittering gem that treats us to powerful music, large ensembles and quiet reflection.

Barrie Kosky’s colourful production from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich was premiered in 2010. In Gothenburg it will be conducted by Yoel Gamzou.

The plot, inspired by commedia dell’arte, is virtually identical to that of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, which will be performed on tour in Västra Götaland.

Rental production from the Bavarian State Opera, where the production was premiered in 2010. The sets and costumes were produced in the Bavarian State Opera’s workshops.

One hour prior to each Main Stage opera, there will be an introduction (in Swedish) to the evening’s performance. It last around 20 minutes and are held on the Small Stage.

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction before the premiere performance.

Credits: Wilfried Hösl