Woman Without a Shadow-Die Frau Ohne Schatten

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Although Hofmannsthal thought that Die Frau Ohne Schatten was the greatest work on which he and Strauss had ever collaborated, the prose version fascinated him even more. He felt it had "inexhaustible significance, leading into the deepest depth." Told with Hofmannsthal's delicate eye for details of character and setting, this adult fairy tale moves with dramatic urgency to its inevitable conclusion. Since Hofmannsthal himself felt that his libretto could not do justice to the message, it is important that his preferred version is finally made available here in its entirety to an English-speaking audience.

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