This program looks at the women who stood at the sides of the two composers—Minna Wagner, Margarethe Wesendonck, Cosima Wagner, and Giuseppina Strepponi—and we find their equivalents in the composers' works. Wagner's relationships were tumultuous, and frequently adulterous. Verdi's second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, was the model for many of the great female figures in his operas—cheerful, but somewhat wicked. Christian Thielemann, Rolando Villazón, Gottfried Wagner, Hans Neuenfels and Andrís Nelsons reflect on the significance of these images of women. Wagner's descendant, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, tries to fathom the eternal question of the mystery of femininity in art, while young sopranos such as Mojca Erdmann and Anja Harteros answer questions about the challenge of changing between submissive and self-confident female roles. Finally, an animation simulates what a "Verdi woman" or "Wagner woman" could look like today.