Strauss: Capriccio / Eschenbach, Fleming, Skovhus, Schade, Weiner Staatsoper

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Richard Strauss’s last stage work is an opera about opera as an art form, depicting the creation of a music drama in a wise and witty way. Which came first – words or music? That is the question that Strauss and his librettist Clemens Krauss address through the story of a Countess torn between a composer and a poet. “Renée Fleming is a world-class Countess, moving and intense … All around her there is luxury casting: Bo Skovhus as the Count, Michael Schade as Flamand, Markus Eiche as Olivier, Kurt Rydl as the theatre director La Roche, the wonderful Angelika Kirchschlager as Clairon – all strike exactly the right note, as do the singers in the smaller roles, turning this Capriccio into an event of the first importance.” (Der Kurier, Vienna)

Subtitles: G, E, F, Sp, Kor, Jap, Chin
Booklet: E, G, F
No. of Discs: 2
Run time: 166 MINS
Picture: NTSC, 16:9
Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1



The greatest pleasure of the performance undoubtedly comes in the wonderful playing of the Staatsoper orchestra, the sweet, tender strings and the mellifluous horns in particular; and Christoph Eschenbach conducts a leisurely and loving account of Strauss's gorgeous score.

– MusicWeb International

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 715908

  • UPC: 814337011598

  • Label: C Major

  • Composer: Richard Strauss

  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

  • Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager, Bo Skovhus, Kurt Rydl, Markus Eiche, Michael Schade, Renée Fleming