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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30 August 2013
Seven Royal Opera performances starring Simon Keenlyside, Karita Mattila, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann and others.
20 July 2013
A selection of audience tweets about the concert staging of Richard Strauss's final opera.
12 June 2013
Boxes still available for summer productions, including Mara Galeazzi and Leanne Benjamin’s final performances.
11 June 2013
The Countess's finale sees her choose between two prospective lovers and showcases Richard Strauss's love of the soprano voice.
27 February 2013
Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.
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.