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

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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