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October 6-28, 2014

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  • by Richard Strauss
  • In German with projected English texts
  • Approximate running time: 2hrs, 50 min

 

The poet or the musician — which one will she choose?

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.

Four performances – Oct.9, 15, 22, and 28 – will broadcast HD video to four large screens (two each in the upper and lower balconies) to enhance the performance experience of this intimate opera for balcony patrons. The screens will hang on the sides of the theater so there will be no obstructed views of the stage or the projected titles.

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.



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Starring

  • Renée Fleming

    Countess

    Renée Fleming

    Renée Fleming's characterization is remarkable…there is something erotic about the exaltation she feels at being a muse to the creative figures in her life." The Guardian

  • Anne Sofie von Otter

    Clairon

    Anne Sofie von Otter

    What a luxury to have Anne Sofie von Otter as Clairon. "She wrings emotion from each syllable of the lyrics that sound life-changing when she sings them." Financial Times

  • Bo Skovhus

    Count

    Bo Skovhus

    "Bo Skovhus is marvelous as the libidinous if prosaic Count." The Guardian

  • William Burden

    Flamand

    William Burden

  • Audun Iversen

    Olivier

    Audun Iversen

  • Peter Rose

    La Roche

    Peter Rose

    "The most crucial character is La Roche, a theater director, here the powerful bass Peter Rose." The New York Times

  • Sir Andrew Davis

    Conductor

    Sir Andrew Davis

    "Sir Andrew Davis's conducting is passionate, lyrical, and admirably free from self-indulgence." The Guardian

Capriccio - Renee Fleming 

Countess
Renée Fleming

Capriccio - Anne Sophie von Otter 

Clairon
Anne Sofie von Otter

Capriccio - Bo Skovhus 

Count
Bo Skovhus

Capriccio - William Burden 

Flamand
William Burden

Capriccio - Audun Iversen 

Olivier
Audun Iversen*

Capriccio - Peter Rose 

La Roche
Peter Rose

Capriccio - Sir Andrew Davis 

Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis

 

Original Director
John Cox

 

Revival Director
Peter McClintock

 

Set Designer
Mauro Pagano

Robert Perdziola 

Costume Designer and Interior Decor
Robert Perdziola

Duane Schuler 

Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler

Val Caniparoli 

Choreographer
Val Caniparoli

*Lyric Debut

Capriccio Audio Preview

Music director Sir Andrew Davis shares the synopsis and excerpts from Strauss's Capriccio. Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.