Thematically, the opera has been interpreted as a parody of Richard Wagner's idea of "redemption through love", with the character of Kunrad representing Strauss himself. The conceptual framework for the opera stems from the Nietzschean perspective that had inspired Strauss in his tone poems Till Eulenspiegel and Also sprach Zarathustra. Strauss and von Wolzogen shared the view that the source of inspiration was material not transcendental: in Feuersnot it is "redemption through sex" which relights the creative fire.

Librettist Ernst von Wolzogen (based on J. Ketel's report "Das erloschene Feuer zu Audenaerde")
Date of composition 1901 (1900-1901)
Premiered 1901, November 21st in Dresden, Germany
First published 1901
Type Opera
Catalogue TrV 203
Approx. duration 70 minutes
Spoken language German
Instruments Orchestra
Male Chorus
Children's chorus
Voice (Tenor) - Schweiker von Gundelfingen, the bailiff
Voice (Bass) - Ortolf Sentlinger, the mayor
Voice (Soprano) - Diemut, Ortolf's daughter
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Elsbeth, Ortolf's friend
Voice (Contralto) - Wigelis, Ortolf's friend
Voice (Soprano) - Margret, Ortolf's friend
Voice (Baritone) - Kunrad, the alchemist
Voice (Bass) - Jörg Pöschel, the Leitgeb
Voice (Baritone) - Hämmerlein, the haberdasher
Voice (Bass) - Kofel, the blacksmith
Voice (Bass) - Kunz Gilgenstock, the baker and brewer
Voice (Tenor) - Ortlieb Tulbeck, the cooper
Voice (Contralto) - Ursula, his wife
Voice (Tenor) - Ruger Asbeck, the potter
Voice (Soprano) - Walpurg, his wife
Autotranslations beta Richard Strauss: Feuersnot, TrV 203
Richard Strauss: Feuersnot, TrV 203
Richard Strauss: Feuersnot, TrV 203