Strauss's 'Capriccio' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

A scene from Strauss's 'Capriccio' starring Renee Fleming (left) A scene from Strauss's 'Capriccio' starring Renee Fleming (left) (Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Join us today at 1 pm for Richard Strauss's Capriccio from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Soprano Renée Fleming, who is a creative consultant for the company, sings the lead of Countess Madeleine, one of her signature roles.

The 78-year-old Strauss called this, his 15th and final opera, a "conversation piece," dealing with issues of words and music. In the story (with a libretto by conductor Clemens Krauss) 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?

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 (played by bass Peter Rose) thinks it's a silly question (he just wants to give the audience a good show!. The Count (baritone Bo Skovhus) doesn't care (he just wants an affair with the actress). And so it goes in Strauss's valedictory opera, illuminated by some of his most lushly sensual music.

Countess:  Renée Fleming
Clairon:  Anne Sofie von Otter
Count:  Bo Skovhus
Flamand:  William Burden
Olivier:  Audun Iversen
La Roche:  Peter Rose

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis

Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

RENEE FLEMING is fine, but where today is the squillo, the ping, the ringing tones that the major singers of the past had?

May. 16 2015 05:57 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

The Met broadcast season is over. How will I live? Just kidding. Chicago, Houston and San Francisco have broadcast operas to keep this old lady happy. And I can still rant and pass snarky remarks.

May. 16 2015 01:17 PM
clifford from long beach,mississippi

so the met.season is over? I will listen to anything renee fleming is singing in!

May. 16 2015 08:37 AM

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