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Melissa Wimbish
Operagasm, May 2015

Why you should own this: A) If you want to see this opera set in the period, to me, this just tops them all. It’s the over-the-top glitz and glamour of the 18th century through a modern lens. B) The first rate and very interestingly sung Countess of Renée Fleming. This is my third DVD of this opera with her singing the Countess and honestly, she goes completely IN on all of her German training giving you something totally different in terms of style and interpretation. She surpasses her own performances at the Paris Opera and the Met in recent years. In this production, the Final Scene is particularly ravishing. © 2015 Operagasm Read complete review

David J. Baker
Opera News, January 2015

“An opera is an absurd thing,” says a character in Strauss’s Capriccio. Director Marco Arturo Marelli makes that point repeatedly in this attractive, useful production from Vienna.

Capriccio may not be for all tastes, but it responds well to the close range and mobility of video treatment, and the camerawork here targets each line of dialogue while offering effective reaction shots. This package can benefit newcomers to this complex comedy based on a libretto with enough wit and dialectics for a Shaw play. Even connoisseurs may be surprised to discover new details in the interactions between words and music. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, October 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Vienna State Opera, 2013) (NTSC) 715908
STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Vienna State Opera, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 716004

…this is an excellent cast with Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles as the Countess…Christoph Eschenbach gets beautiful playing from the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. In this Blu-ray/DVD both picture and sound are of the highest quality.

Also excellent is the traditional production by Marco Arturo Marelli. He plays it straight and he knows what he is doing.

Canadian tenor Michael Shade is excellent as Flamand and baritone Markus Eiche makes a likeable artistic adversary. Bo Skovhus brings a welcome flair to the role of the Countess’ brother and Angela Kirchschlager sings well as the actress Clairon. The veteran Viennese bass Kurt Rydl in heavy whiskers and wild hair makes an appropriately dramatic theatre director. © 2014 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Henson Keys
Parterre Box, September 2014

The role certainly suits [Renée Fleming’s]…natural elegance and charm, and sits well in her current vocal estate.

Michael Schade and especially Markus Eiche give impassioned performances…I also was quite pleased by Angelika Kirchschlager’s feisty and fiery, take-no-prisoners approach to the role of the famous tragedienne Clairon.

Conductor Christopher Eschenbach does glorious work in the orchestral passages…[his] conducting really brings beauty and clarity and subtle shadings to some particular moments… © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, September 2014

…Renée Fleming as the Countess, pretty well owns this crown jewel of a role and there is no match for her presently…Canadian tenor Michael Schade and German baritone Markus Eiche…are no disappointment either, but Angelika Kirschlager with her perfect German diction, wonderful stage presence, charming voice and sense of humour certainly gives Fleming a run for her money. Kurt Rydl…certainly lives up to his reputation as one of the great character basso-buffos of today…Christoph Eschenbach is in masterly control and gets able support from his virtuoso musicians. Special credit is due to the young violinists in the opening [of the] very difficult string sextet and to the wonderful horns in the famous “Moonlight Intermezzo.”

Director Marco Arturo Marelli’s concept is surprisingly grandiose for this intimate, chamber-like opera…All the foregoing notwithstanding it is the underlying abundance of talent, good taste, charm and Viennese gemütlichkeit which carry the day and the birthday boy, Maestro Strauss, the big winner. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

Robert Benson, June 2014

This Vienna State Opera production…is a beauty. Marco Arturo Marelli’s production is gorgeous, the entire cast in top form, and Eschenbach is a sure hand on the podium. Visually this production is stunning, and audio is excellent… © 2014 Read complete review

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