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Strauss: Capriccio / Renee Fleming, Met Opera [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of Fleming’s Der Rosenkavalier DVD, comes Fleming’s interpretation of Strauss’s chamber-opera, Capriccio.

"The role suits her ideally at this stage of her career, and she sang splendidly. The performance over all, sensitively conducted by Andrew Davis and featuring a winning cast, made an excellent case for this Strauss curiosity... Ms. Fleming, looking radiant, brought verbal crispness and coy charm to the Countess’s conversational singing but grabbed every chance to let her voice bloom in the fleeting melodic bits. The baritone Russell Braun was appealing as Olivier, the poet who is outraged when, in a rush of inspiration, Flamand sets Olivier’s sonnet to music and sings it for the Countess at the harpsichord. Yet it was no surprise that Ms. Fleming’s Countess melted when the youthful tenor Joseph Kaiser, as Flamand, sang Strauss’s lyrically rapturous setting of that text with such tender sound and directness. The tall, vocally hardy baritone Morten Frank Larsen, in his Met debut, was wonderful as the Count, a theater dilettante, currently entranced by the tragedienne Clairon, played wonderfully by the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly." -The New York Times


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>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
  • Performers: Russell Braun (Baritone); Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano); Joseph Kaiser (Tenor); Morten Larsen (Baritone); Peter Rose (Bass)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1940-1941