Richard Strauss’s Final Opera, Capriccio, Comes to the Clark Live from the Met

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Richard Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Celebrated opera star Renée Fleming dazzled the audience when she sang the final scene of Capriccio on the opening night of the 2008 season. Now she sings the complete opera in John Cox’s witty production, with Andrew Davis conducting.

Cox relocates the opera from the 1770s to 1920s Paris where artists, friends, and admirers have gathered to celebrate the birthday of the young, widowed countess Madeleine. The composer Flamand and the poet Olivier are both in love with the countess and argue about what will impress her more—Flamand’s music or Olivier’s poetry. The theater director La Roche declares that neither poetry nor music is the greatest of the arts and challenges Flamand and Olivier to write an opera together using the events of this very day as its subject and the people present as its characters. The ending will be decided by the countess, who must choose music or words, Flamand or Olivier.

Capriccio opened at the Met on March 28 to rave reviews. The role of the countess suits Fleming “ideally at this stage of her career, and she sang splendidly” (The New York Times). Fleming starred opposite baritone Russell Braun as Olivier and the youthful tenor Joseph Kaiser as Flamand. Baritone Morten Frank Larsen performs as the countess’s brother and the powerful bass Peter Rose portrays La Roche. “The performance over all, sensitively conducted by Andrew Davis and featuring a winning cast, made an excellent case for this Strauss curiosity, his final opera, which had its premiere in Munich in 1942 in the midst of World War II” (The New York Times).

The Met: Live in HD series continues with Il Trovatore (April 30) and Die Walküre (May 14). The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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April 23: Richard Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Celebrated opera star Renée Fleming dazzled the audience when she sang the final scene of Capriccio on the opening night of the 2008 season. Now she sings the complete opera in John Cox’s witty production, with Andrew Davis conducting. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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