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Strauss: Capriccio (Anne Sofie von Otter/ Dietrich Henschel/ Franz Hawlata/ Gerald Finley/ Paris Opera Orchestra/ Rainer Trost/ Renée Fleming/ Robert Carsen/ Ulf Schirmer) (Arthaus Dvd: 107327)
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When the curtain fell at the Paris Opera premiere of Capriccio, the audiences rose to long and frenetic ovations. They unanimously applauded each singer in a cast of stars, but Renee Fleming was undoubtedly the leading light of this remarkable production. Every one of the performers in this production is outstanding and can be regarded as the best possible singer for the role - Opera fans from all over the world came to Paris to see this production. This Capriccio also served as a role debut for American star soprano Renee Fleming who took on the role of the Grafin. The critics celebrated her performance as"ideal" in all aspects: musically, dramatically and above all vocally and she was cheered frenetically by the audience at the Palais Garnier of the Opera National de Paris. Dietrich Henschel had critics raving about his sensitively sung Graf, Anne Sofi e von Otter won audiences over with her highly ironic interpretation of the singer Clairon. Rainer Trost presented himself both as a true actor and as a versatile tenor in the role of the composer Flamand, Gerald Finley gave a very convincing poet Olivier and Franz Hawlata was described by a critic as"a glowing" La Roche. Altogether a true ensemble of stars!
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