She's one of the most glamorous and gifted singers of all time, he's one of the world's finest conductors — and both of them are supreme interpreters of Strauss. Renée Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis make magic in this deliciously elegant masterwork.
The beautiful Countess has a difficult choice to make: will it be the amorous poet or the ardent musician whom she ultimately decides to love?
In this sophisticated drawing-room comedy, the Countess and her guests are trying to decide whether it’s the words or the music that triumph in creating great art. The theater director thinks it's a silly question (he just wants to give the audience a good show!), the Count doesn't care (he just wants an affair with the actress.). And so it goes in Strauss's masterpiece, illuminated by some of his most lushly sensual music.
Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Hurvis, Nancy W. Knowles, and Margot and Josef Lakonishok.
Production owned by the Metropolitan Opera.
"Sir Andrew Davis's conducting is passionate, lyrical, and admirably free from self-indulgence." The Guardian
ClaironAnne Sofie von Otter
La RochePeter Rose
ConductorSir Andrew Davis
Original DirectorJohn Cox
Revival DirectorPeter McClintock
Set DesignerMauro Pagano
Costume Designer and Interior DecorRobert Perdziola
Lighting DesignerDuane Schuler
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