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Capriccio

Palais Garnier - from 26 January to 21 February 2021

Sales open on 03 November 2020 at 12h00

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Capriccio

Opera Richard Strauss

Sales open on 03 November 2020 at 12h00

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Palais Garnier - from 26 January to 21 February 2021

2h25 no interval

Language : German

About

In few words:

Prima la musica o prima le parole? Which should take precedence when composing an opera, the words or the music? Who will succeed in winning the heart of the Countess Madeleine—Olivier or Flamand? Because, on this particular evening sometime in the late 18th century, she is celebrating her birthday near Paris. And it is for her that theatre director La Roche has brought together the talents of a poet and a composer.

The characters in Capriccio fuel a debate that raged during the Enlightenment and which lent its name to an opera by Salieri: Prima la musica e poi le parole. And it was that work which gave Stefan Zweig the idea for Capriccio. Deprived of his librettist even before the outbreak of war, Richard Strauss persevered with Krauss and wrote an “academic comedy” brimming with sensitivity and humour in a world where everything was falling apart.

When Robert Carsen came to grips with the opera, first performed in 1942, he juxtaposed the Age of Enlightenment with that of Paris under the Occupation, using the mirrors, perspectives and mises en abyme implicit in Charles Garnier’s architecture.

Characters

The Countess: A young widow
The Count: Her brother
Flamand: A composer
Olivier: A poet
La Roche: The theatre director
Die Schauspielerin Clairon: An actress
Monsieur Taupe: The theatre prompter
Der Haushofmeister: The Countess’s major domo
Two Italian singers
A ballerina

  • Opening
  • 145 mn
  • End

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