Opera Love Is Strauss’ ‘Capriccio’
Sun Valley Opera and Metropolitan Theatres will present â€śThe Met: Live in HD Productionâ€ť of â€śCapriccioâ€ť on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Big Wood 4 Cinemas in Hailey. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 seniors and $18 students. Running time is two hours and 45 minutes with no intermission. Richard Straussâ€™ final opera is known for its virtuosic final sceneâ€”an extended showcase for the lead soprano. The operaâ€™s colorful cast of characters also includes a flamboyant stage director, Peter Rose, a theatrical diva, Sarah Connolly, and the Countessâ€™ playboy brother, Morten Frank Larsen. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, last seen in the Metâ€™s transmission of Le Comte Ory, will host the screening and Andrew Davis will conduct. The story behind â€śCapriccioâ€ť involves Countess Madeleine, Ren?e Fleming, who must choose between two potential lovers, the poet Olivier, Russell Braun, and the composer Flamand, Joseph Kaiser.
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera