From October 6 through 28, creative consultant Renée Fleming once again graces the stage at Lyric singing one of her greatest roles—Countess Madeleine in Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio. And the rest of the cast that surrounds her is no less exciting. Lyric’s production features five outstanding singers who will shine as the other characters in this remarkable “Conversation Piece for Music.”
Anne Sofie von Otter
A certified opera superstar, von Otter makes a much-anticipated return to Lyric in the role of Clairon, the actress. Her only other appearance here was as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier in the 1988-89 season, so her Lyric homecoming is truly a momentous occasion.
Though she is in demand at opera houses around the world, von Otter is also known for her musical curiosity. She’s worked with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau on the 2010 release Love Songs, which showcased Mehldau’s titular seven-song cycle, as well as songs by Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, and even Joni Mitchell. Pop star Elvis Costello produced her 2001 album For the Stars, which featured covers of songs by Costello, the Beatles, ABBA, and others.
Last season, Skovhus delighted Lyric audiences last season as the irrepressible Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus—and now he’s bringing his excellent comic timing back as the Count, who schemes about having an affair with the actress Clairon. Skovhus has performed this role to great acclaim in cities around the world, and this production is a reunion with his operatic sister, Renée Fleming. In 2013, the two appeared in a production of Capriccio in Vienna (available on DVD!) and in a concert version at the Royal Opera House, which was conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
William Burden returns to Lyric as the composer Flamand, who makes up one side of the triangle vying for Countess Madeleine’s love and argues for the supremacy of music over words. Burden was last in the Ardis Krainik Theatre for Lyric’s acclaimed new production of Lulu in 2008-09. In addition to his mastery of standard repertoire, he has a passion for new works and has created roles in a number of world premieres, including Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy.
Though he makes his Lyric debut as the lovesick poet Olivier, this Norwegian is no stranger to Chicago. He dazzled in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2012-13 season. He’s also had recent successes at the Royal Opera House in Massenet’s Manon and in San Francisco in The Barber of Seville. And the handsome baritone has achieved the greatest of all honors—several features on the popular blog Barihunks!
Rose portrays the impresario La Roche, who doesn’t care about anything except putting on a good show! One of his signature roles, this appearance reunites him with Renée Fleming in Capriccio. They have both performed together at the Met and in the Royal Opera House concert version (which also featured Bo Skovhus). Rose was last at Lyric in 2010-11, stealing the show as Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter in Capriccio at Paris National Opera, 2004
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