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Capriccio

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Teatro RealMadrid, 28013, Spain
May 27, 29, 31, June 02 18:00, 04, 06, 09 18:00, 11, 14 (at 20:00 unless shown)
Performers
Teatro Real
Asher FischConductor
Christof LoyDirector
Raimund Orfeo VoigtSet Designer
Klaus BrunsCostume Designer
Malin ByströmSopranoThe Countess
Theresa KronthalerMezzo-sopranoClairon
Norman ReinhardtTenorFlamand
Andrè SchuenBaritoneOlivier
Christof FischesserBassLa Roche
Josef WagnerBass-baritoneThe Count
John Graham-HallTenorMonsieur Taupe
Leonor BonillaSopranoItalian singer
Juan José de LeónTenorItalian singer
Torben JürgensBassHaushofmeister
Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real

The historic debate regarding the relative importance that words should have in opera with respect to the music constituted a source of fascination for Richard Strauss throughout his life. In Capriccio, he delves deeper in this topic, using an exceptional libretto, fruit of a suggestion from his dear Stefan Zweig, who found a brief comedy in the British Library which served as inspiration for that which would be the last opera of the German composer; a comedy, which incidentally had already served as inspiration for Antonio Salieri. From this point a plot arose, full of irony, featuring a Countess –symbol of art- whose affection were found to be divided between two suitors, a poet and a composer. Who should she chose? Decidedly Strauss placed special importance on the inteligibility of the text that was sung, while not scrimping on the musical resources, unfolding a palette of incomparable harmonies and textures. Capriccio is without a doubt an overwhelming synthesis of all that the musician had been able to improve over his career, something of which he himself was conscious: proud of his work, he rejected the suggestion from his librettist to initiate a new project. Quite simply he could not see how he could do any better.

New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Opernhaus Zürich and the Göteborg Opera

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