EVENT: A Note on Opera – Richard Strauss’s “Capriccio”
That’s right people, our ‘A Note on Opera’ series is back for 2015 and kicks off in style at the end of this month with Richard Strauss’s “Capriccio.”
We’ll explore Richard Strauss’s elegiac “swan song” to 150 years of German Romanticism, his opera “Capriccio.”
Written and premiered in Munich in the fall of 1942, as Allied bombings were slowly destroying his beloved hometown and the titanic Battle of Stalingrad was beginning, “Capriccio” is Strauss’s testament to a world at war that, in the end, art always matters.
During this class we will look at the following:
- The essential dilemma that opera has confronted since the 16th century: which is more important, the words or the music?
- The anachronism of writing an opera about something so seemingly unimportant in 1942, the turning point of WWII. The opera’s original setting of pre-Revolutionary France is deliberate; it alludes to another time on the brink of cataclysm by bringing up a question of art that’s eternal, emphasizing to the 1942 audience that in the end, art is all that is eternal about humanity and therefore art is always important.
- The lead role of Countess Madeleine as a plum role for any dramatic soprano and is identified with some of the great singers in the past 70+ years.
Oh, and don’t forget that this course will be taught in English by David Kerr. All materials will also be provided. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of opera either so it’s a win all around!
Thing this sounds like your cup of tea? Well, here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, January 26th, 2015
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 for Goethe-Zentrum Members, $20 for Non-Members
All you need to do now is register! How do you that? Just click the button below!
See, we have everything covered! We look forward to seeing you there!