When the curtain fell at the Paris Opera premiere of Capriccio, the audiences rose to long and frenetic ovations. They unanimously applauded each singer in a cast of stars, but Renée Fleming was undoubtedly the leading light of this remarkable production. Every one of the performers in this production is outstanding and can be regarded as the best possible singer for the role - Opera fans from all over the world came to Paris to see this production.
This Capriccio also served as a role debut for American star soprano Renée Fleming who took on the role of the Gräfin. The critics celebrated her performance as “ideal” in all aspects: musically, dramatically and above all vocally and she was cheered frenetically by the audience at the Palais Garnier of the Opéra National de Paris. Dietrich Henschel had critics raving about his sensitively sung Graf, Anne Sofie von Otter won audiences over with her highly ironic interpretation of the singer Clairon. Rainer Trost presented himself both as a true actor and as a versatile tenor in the role of the composer Flamand, Gerald Finley gave a very convincing poet Olivier and Franz Hawlata was described by a critic as “a glowing” La Roche. Altogether a true ensemble of stars!
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: 1xDVD 5, 1xDVD 9 / NTSC
Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT
Running Time: 148 mins
17th June 2011
“The exquisite countess of Renée Fleming is the selling point of this more-than-serviceable production of Strauss’ late opera, with impressive sound finessing the charm of the opera.”
“Fleming as the Countess is at her radiant peak, in golden voice, and Dietrich Henschel is vocally perfect and strongly characterised...The updating to modern dress is generally undistracting. The final scene with its moonlight interlude makes a radiant conclusion, with Fleming even transcending what has gone before”
“Strauss's elegant 'conversation piece' retains its urbane, nostalgic charm in this updated Parisian staging, with a truly memorable cast and Schirmer's warm conducting.”
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