This refined quarrel takes place in the elegant home of a Countess, where a string sextet by the composer, Flamand, is performed. But when the poet, Oliver makes his case for the supremacy of words, it is also persuasive. Resolution is reached when the two men collaborate, and come up with the perfect synthesis of poetry and music: an opera.
Cue an opera within an opera, and in this stylish co-production with Santa Fe Opera, Garsington's first such international venture, a delicious evening of cultural chat and happy endings. When first produced in 1942, against a war-torn and less civilised backdrop, the two-and-a-half hour piece ran straight through. Garsington audiences are allowed a more comfortable evening, with an 80-minute picnic or dinner interval.
In an impressive cast, the Swedish soprano Miah Persson makes her Garsington debut as the Countess, with British tenor Sam Furness as Flamand and Irish baritone Gavan Ring as Olivier. Great comic singer Andrew Shore, who has had audiences in stitches as the Lord Chancellor in English National Opera's Iolanthe, plays the theatre director La Roche.
Douglas Boyd conducts the Garsington Opera Orchestra, and the production is directed by Tim Albery, whose Idomeneo at Garsington in 2016 was outstanding. Design is by Tobias Hoheisel.
Capriccio is sung in German with English supertitles. There are eight performances, each with a long dinner interval. Public booking opens 10am, Tues 20 March. Advertised prices include a voluntary development donation of £70. There is a pre-performance talk at 4.30pm on Sunday 3 June. Trains from Marylebone take about 30 minutes, and Garsington provides a bookable shuttle bus to the opera house.
|What||Strauss's Capriccio, Garsington Opera|
|Where||Garsington Opera , Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
01 Jun 18 – 28 Jun 18, 6:15 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£140 - £215|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|