Today, the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck presents the world première of Die Schattenkaiserin, a musical composed by Oliver Ostermann with a libretto by Susanne Felicitas Wolf based on motives by Bernhard Aichner.
Oliver Ostermann has composed several works for the stage, including musicals and children operas.
Bianca Maria Sforza is a young woman full of hopes and longings in the marriage mediated by her rich uncle. But her designated husband Maximilian, whose heart is still attached to the late Maria of Burgundy, can not develop any affection for her. Her childlike behavior and her attachment remain alien to him and hinder him in his desire for freedom. Neglected by the emperor, Bianca died childless in 1510, sick and lonely in Innsbruck. (freely adapted from the Tiroler Landestheater website)The cast includes Jil Cleese (Bianca Maria Sforza), Reinwald Kranner (Maximilian I), tenor Dale Albright (Ludovico Sforza), tenor Florian Stern (Ersamus von Brascha), soprano Susanne von der Burg (Hofnärrin Ursula) and soprano Andreja Zidaric (Violanta). Hansjörg Sofka conducts the Chor and Extrachor des Tiroler Landestheaters and the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck. Johannes Reitmeier directs.