Opera de Paris present “Capriccio” at the Palais Garnier

Photo © Enric Montes

Photo © Enric Montes

Logo_OnPOpening night Tuesday 19 January 2016
2h30 no interval
Palais Garnier from 19 January to 14 February 2016

Capriccio

Conversation in music in one act (1942)

Music
Richard Strauss
Libretto
Clemens Krauss
Richard Strauss
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2012 – 2013 © Élisa Haberer/OnP

CAST
Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Director
Robert Carsen
Die Gräfin
Emily Magee
Der Graf
Wolfgang Koch
Flamand
Benjamin Bernheim
Olivier
Lauri Vasar
La Roche
Lars Woldt
Die Schauspielerin Clairon
Daniela Sindram
Eine italianische Sängerin
Chiara Skerath
Ein italianischer Tenor
Juan José De León
Monsieur Taupe
Graham Clark
Der Haushofmeister
Jérôme Varnier
Acht Diener
Ook Chung
Julien Joguet
Myoung-Chang Kwon
Chae Wook Lim
Vincent Morell
Christian Rodrigue Moungoungou
Hyun-Jong Roh
Slawomir Szychowiak
Set design
Michael Levine
Costume design
Anthony Powell
Lighting design
Robert Carsen
Peter Van Praet
Choreography
Jean-Guillaume Bart
Dramaturgy
Ian Burton

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
French and English surtitles

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Photos from the 2012-2013 season

capriccioDvdEven 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 into a mirrored jewel box for Adrianne Pieczonka’s opalescent voice. Ingo Metzmacher conducts the great German composer’s’ lyric testament.

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