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Capriccio

Richard Strauss 

“Prima la musica e poi le parole” ... Capriccio, the great Strauss’ lyrical testament, conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann © Matthias Creutziger
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Cast

Krassimira Stoyanova | The Countess
Christoph Pohl | The Count
Daniel Behle | Flamand
Nikolay Borchev | Olivier
Georg Zeppenfeld | La Roche
Christa Mayer | Clairon
Cast to be completed

Christian Thielemann | direction
Staatskapelle Dresden 

Sung in German with French and English subtitles

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Capriccio's subject is inspired by Prima la musica e poi le parole, a comic play by Salieri from 1786. Stefan Zweig had proposed the subject to Strauss before the Nazi annexation drove the novelist out of Austria. Surprisingly modern, however, Capriccio revisits the classic forms of the genre. The opera is a retelling of the 18th-century quarrel between those who favoured the supremacy of words over music. From this "duel", Strauss delivers a magnificent piece, full of musical and literary references to illustrate the subject and what is at stake in the debate. But one should not be mistaken about the dimension of Capriccio, which Strauss himself described as a simple "musical conversation". The work is much more ambitious, and this mise en abyme, not unlike the prologue Ariadne on Naxos, rivals in elegance and virtuosity in the text as well as in the music. It is therefore difficult to choose what comes first: words or music?

PRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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