Capriccio

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The Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe NM

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“In choosing one, will I lose the other?”

Only a master looking back on a lifetime of craft could have composed the unique, dazzling entertainment that is Capriccio — the opera that Richard Strauss called his “conversation piece for music.” In Capriccio, Strauss gives us two women of intoxicating allure: the incomparably sophisticated Countess Madeleine and her friend Clairon, a beautiful actress. The Countess's charm and artistic refinement are irresistible to the poet Olivier and his rival Flamand, a composer. In a classic debate, they vie for the primacy of their respective arts and for the Countess’s love. As the Countess, the acclaimed soprano Amanda Majeski (Griselda, 2011) returns to Santa Fe; her foil, Clairon, is sung by the internationally renowned New Mexico native Susan Graham. Celebrated bass-baritone Eric Owens (Wozzeck, 2011) portrays the theater director La Roche. Tenor Ben Bliss, a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program, debuts as Flamand; his rival Olivier is sung by baritone Joshua Hopkins, Nardo in this season’s La Finta Giardiniera. Leo Hussain (La Traviata, 2013) conducts this production, directed by Tim Albery, who staged 2015’s La Finta Giardiniera and 2012’s Arabella.