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Words get in the way

In war-heavy Munich late 1942, 70-something-year-old Richard Strauss expanded the theme of a little opera of Salieri (Prima la musica e poi le parole) into “A Conversation Piece of Music” as he premiered his final opera Capriccio, conducted by its librettist Clemens Krauss. Teatro Real waited for 70-something years to present the opera for the first time, as they did beautifully on May 27 in an exquisite production by Christof Loy. Read more »

Blow a kiss, take a bough

Richard Strauss’s many one-act operas make excellent concert programs, both for their length (usually under two hours) and the primary place each gives the orchestration, a specialty where Strauss’s brilliance seldom deserted him. The wordless apotheosis into godly treehood that concludes his Daphne is rightly treasured, a sublime late Straussian idyll, and a concert performance spares us the muddle he and his librettist made of the myth.   Read more »

From the House of Atreus

The team that made the Met’s 2009 production of From the House of the Dead one of the undisputed highlights of the Peter Gelb era will return five years from now to create a Richard Strauss tragedy.  According to Helsingin Sanomat, director Patrice Chéreau and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will collaborate on a new production of Elektra in 2016, to be shared between the Met and La Scala.