Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Opera Love Is Strauss’ ‘Capriccio’

Sun Valley Opera and Metropolitan Theatres will present “The Met: Live in HD Production” of “Capriccio” 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 Strauss’ final opera is known for its virtuosic final scene—an extended showcase for the lead soprano. The opera’s colorful cast of characters also includes a flamboyant stage director, Peter Rose, a theatrical diva, Sarah Connolly, and the Countess’ playboy brother, Morten Frank Larsen. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, last seen in the Met’s transmission of Le Comte Ory, will host the screening and Andrew Davis will conduct. The story behind “Capriccio” 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

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