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Capriccio in Concert

Strauss’s last, exquisite opera shows his brilliant ability to compose for the soprano voice.

Introduction

When a group of artists assemble to perform an opera for the Countess Madeleine tensions start to emerge. What will win the Countess’s heart – words or music?

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Background

The theme of Richard Strauss’s last 1942 opera, Capriccio, is the relationship between words and music. This makes it an ideal concert piece, with attention focused on its libretto and glittering score. Musical highlights include the opening instrumental sextet, which sees Strauss at his most lyrical; the witty and quarrelling ensembles; and the Countess’s closing monologue. This finale is a stream of intense melody tinged with melancholy that leaves audiences spellbound.