Paul E. Robinson
, 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