Doke Pauwels performed the role of The Queen in Christof Loy's Der Schätzgraber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Since her jewels were stolen, the queen has been suffering from a strange, insidious disease. No other treasure in the world can restore her beauty and vitality. The fool tells of a mysterious treasure hunter who roams the land as a ballad singer, vanishing as swiftly as he appears. This man, he says, would surely be the only person able to recover the queen's stolen treasure. The king orders the fool to track the man down. If he succeeds, the king promises to grant the fool's wish and let him have a wife.
Pictures by Monika Ritterhaus