• Season 2023-2024
  • Opera
  • Opera

The Woman without a shadow

The Lyon Opera Orchestra, Chorus , Children's Chorus and Studio

  • Dates Oct 17 - Oct 31, 2023
  • Rates From 10€ to 116€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 4h including two intervals

In a few words

A hundred and four years after it premiered, this unique piece which was never shown in Lyon was directed by filmmaker Mariusz Treliński, the director of the Warsaw Grand Theatre. The Woman without a Shadow goes through “spiritual desolation”, a melancholy prison isolating her from reality, other people, and love.


This masterpiece of symbolism is finally shown in Lyon, 104 years after it premiered at the Vienna State Opera. The Emperor chases after a gazelle which turns into a woman before him. She has no shadow and is unable to bear children. Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s eccentric work, written under the influence of Freud’s new theories on the unconscious mind, the score’s great audacity as well as the baffling number of participants allow this bold piece to remain relevant. Daniele Rustioni, the spirited musical director of the Lyon Opera, winner of the Conductor Award at the International Opera Awards 2022, accepted the challenge with his usual grit. Mariusz Treliński directed this new production about the journey of a woman experimenting “spiritual desolation”, i.e., melancholia; as a cinema buff, Treliński quoted Lars von Trier and Ingmar Bergman as references.

Acte 1 1h05
Interval 35min
Acte 2 1h
Interval 30min
Acte 3 1h


In German with French surtitles

Opera in 3 acts,
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
First performed in Vienna in 1919

New production

With the support of Aline Foriel-Destezet, major patron of production

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