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Capriccio

Palais Garnier - from 19 January to 14 February 2016

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Capriccio

Opera Richard Strauss

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Palais Garnier - from 19 January to 14 February 2016

2h30 no interval

About

In few words:

"The stage reveals the secret of reality."

- Capriccio


Even if the world were to fall apart – as indeed it did on October 28th 1942 when Richard Strauss first performed his opera in Munich – Countess Madeleine would still remain, impassively awaiting an answer that would come neither “tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock”, nor for that matter, ever – an answer to the seemingly futile question: “Prima la musica, o prima le parole?” Is this a nostalgic twilight tribute to the world of yesteryear, which in its collapse would swallow up Stefan Zweig, the very artist who, in 1934, planted the idea for Capriccio in the composer’s head; or is it a mere caprice whose theoretical hedonism questions the position of the ageing composer, who entrenched himself in his Garmisch villa as dramatic events took place around him.

Robert Carsen, a master in the art of metatheatre, transforms the perspective of the Palais Garnier's stage and the Foyer de la Danse. Ingo Metzmacher conducts the great German composer's’ lyric testament.

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Podcast | Capriccio - Richard Strauss

About the work

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  • Sponsor of Robbins/Balanchine / Cherkaoui, Jalet

  • With the support of AROP