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Edinburgh International Festival: Capriccio

Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Countess – Malin Byström
Count – Bo Skovhus
Flamand – Sebastian Kohlhepp
La Roche – Peter Rose
Clairon – Dame Sarah Connolly
Taupe – TBC
Italian Singer – Emily Birsan
Italian Singer – John Irvin
Major Domo – Reinhard Hagen
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
James Grossmith – chorus director


Strauss Capriccio

Which is the greater, music or poetry? The arts-loving Countess Madeleine struggles to find the answer – and to choose between her two suitors, the tender composer Flamand and the fiery poet Olivier.

Written at the height of the Second World War, Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio pays tribute to many of the composer’s operatic predecessors. Notable for its wit and dynamism, highlights include the soulful opening String Sextet and the lyrical closing monologue, in which Countess Madeleine meditates on the inseparability of music and poetry.

This is a magnificent work with a superb cast led by Malin Byström – a much admired Salome at the 2022 Festival – in the lead role as Countess Madeleine. The opera was to be conducted by world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis, but very sadly he has recently passed away. Sir Andrew was a much loved and regular peformer at the Festival over his five-decade career and he will be greatly missed. Alternative arrangements for the performance will be announced in due course.

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Running time

50 mins, without an interval

Box office

Edinburgh International Festival box office: 131 473 2000

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