Opera by Richard Strauss

San Francisco Opera

About Simon Keenlyside


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Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Madeleine)

Maria Fortuna (Italian Soprano)

Tatania Troyanos (Clairon)

David Kuebler (Flamand)

Craig Estep (Italian Tenor)

Michel Sénéchal (Taupe)

Håkan Hagegård (Count)

Simon Keenlyside (Olivier)

Dale Travis (Major-Domo)

Victor Braun (La Roche)


Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera


Donald Runnicles, Conductor


Stephen Lawless, Director







"San Francisco Opera originally mounted Capriccio in 1990, in a John Cox production that originated at Glyndebourne, misguidedly setting it in the 1920s -- a silly conception at odds with the libretto. For the magnificently cast 1993 revival preserved here, SFO kept Mauro Pagano's original drawing-room set but wisely hired Stephen Lawless as director and Thierry Bosquet as costume designer. They returned the story to its proper time period (1775), and the opera to its original luster.

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"In the right hands, Strauss's final opera can emanate the kind of near-mystical glow shared by such earlier successes as Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos. Performances such as this one helped earn Capriccio a place in the standard repertory."

--ERIC MYERS, Opera News







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