Operagasm Review Rundown: ‘Capriccio’ DVD from Vienna State Opera
by Wade Davis
The lineup: Renée Fleming, Bo Skovhus, Michael Schade, Markus Eiche, Kurt Rydl, Angelika Kirchschlager
The design: Mad Men goes Baroque
Hated it: Somewhat strange ballet for the gorgeous period design (for me, that is … I’ll let you be the judge. This is Vienna Staatsoper after all! What is happening here?)
Loved it: The beautiful imaginative and evocative sets and costumes
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 (which are gorgeous in their own rite — I have both of them on DVD, too!). In this production, the Final Scene is particularly ravishing.
Specs: Directed by Brian Large; Released in May 2014; Sung in German with subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Korean and Japanese.
Recording courtesy of NAXOS OF AMERICA
Wade Davis is an accomplished Baroque cellist holding degrees from both College of Charleston and Peabody Conservatory. He frequently guest reviews for Operagasm and welcomes your comments below!