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Your reaction: Capriccio

A selection of audience tweets about the concert staging of Richard Strauss's final opera.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 July 2013 at 9.03am | 8 Comments


What did you think of Capriccio in concert?

Capriccio in concert runs until 21 July. Tickets are sold out though returns may become available.
The performance is staged with the generous philanthropic support of the Metherell family.

The 2013/14 Season sees the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth celebrated with productions of Ariande auf Naxos and Die Frau ohne Schatten.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 July 2013 at 9.03am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged audience, Capriccio in Concert, Concert, Production, Renee Fleming, review, Richard Strauss, Social Media, twitter, your reaction

This article has 8 comments

  1. Peter Erdos responded on 20 July 2013 at 11:13am Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful! Fleming is the greatest, gorgeous looks and sound . The opera is so amusing that it really is worthy of staging . What happened to Covent Garden's production which only had 6 or 8 performances? Surely it would have deserved resurrection with a cast like this!
    Nice to hear Ms Baumgartner, Lovely to look at and sang beautifully. The men were all very good, I specially enjoyed Barry Banks caricature of italian tenors.
    Andrew Davis is a great Straussian, every note played superbly.
    Superb evening all in all, pity about the distribution (or non distribution) of tickets. No tickets at all for weeks, and on the day suddenly 30 tickets appeared out of the blue, plus people were selling outside returns!
    Covent Garden please improve!

  2. Miriam responded on 20 July 2013 at 2:25pm Reply

    I agree with the positive comments above about the performance but also wish there had been an interval. In such hot weather I could really have done with a break for some fresh air, and opening the doors for a while might have cooled the auditorium down a bit too. Also two and a half hours is a long time to have to sit on the bench seats in the stalls circle!

    • Peter Erdos responded on 22 July 2013 at 9:43am

      Where on earth would you put an interval into Capriccio?This opera meant to be a "conversation piece" without the provision of refreshments.
      This continuous flow of MUSIC can't be interrupted.
      Imagine the Rhinegold (also 2 and a half hours) with an interval! Shock horror!
      I personally go the opera for the pleasure of hearing it and not mingling in a crowded bar.

  3. Roy Hiscock responded on 21 July 2013 at 11:34am Reply

    Saw the performance of Capriccio on Friday 19 July - it was marvellous, Ms Fleming exceeding even our highest expectations. A "concert" performance? If we had had as much cast interaction in some of this season's ROH staged performances (too often concerts in costume, with stars stepping up to the footlights and indulging in "can belto") as we had on Friday, where the whole cast were thoroughly in the spirit of the work, I would be a much happier opera-goer.

  4. Laurie responded on 22 July 2013 at 4:13pm Reply

    Indeed Ms Fleming was absolutely delightful as always, and the rest of the cast was brilliant too.
    The caricature of Italian opera was hilarious and the witty tone of the opera allowed us to enjoy a light-hearted evening, perfect for the summertime!

    I agree that the artificial interval sometimes introduced right after the Countess orders chocolate is not ideal, but as I had a standing ticket, I could definitely have used a break for my legs and back...

    Thanks a lot for bringing us this wonderful performance, looking forward to seeing more of Renee soon!
    PS. She was wonderful in Arabella last year in Paris too, just suggesting ;)

  5. stephen ratcliffe responded on 22 July 2013 at 5:00pm Reply

    Despite the heat last night's performance was pure magic. Superb in every way. I have never heard Ms Fleming give a bad performance but this (with her Rusalka a couple of years ago) showed her at the very top of her game. Well done to everyone involved

  6. Michael responded on 22 July 2013 at 9:32pm Reply

    This was an absolutely glorious performance of Capriccio. A dazzling array of singers topped by a real star turn from Renee Fleming.

    Given the weather etc I think it would have been wise to insert the "Glyndebourne" interval after the chocolate order.

    I also wish that the opportunity had been taken to leave the orchestra in the pit, and use the beautiful Act 3 set from La Rondine, which would have been a perfect setting for the singers. As mentioned before, Fleming, Skovhus and Rose gave almost score-free performances and would have been easier to see without the orchestra ( I recall the concert Rusalkas with Fleming kept the orchestra in the pit.

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