A moment from Apotheosis' 2016 production of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
A moment from Apotheosis' 2016 production of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
(© Matthew Kipnis)

On June 16 and 18, Apotheosis Opera will present Richard Strauss's final opera, Capriccio, at the theater of El Museo Del Barrio.

The last opera by one of the longest-lived composers in history, the work is described as follows: "Capriccio allows us to turn the tables on our audience, and give a glimpse of life in the theater from the other side of the curtain. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), what happens behind the scenes is filled with as much drama and comedy as what takes place on stage! The plot revolves around the Countess - a supporter of the arts just like you - and her courtship by both a composer and a playwright [poet?]. In choosing one over the other, she plans to answer this age-old question: which is more important to opera, the music or the words?"

Matthew Jaroszewicz will direct the English-language translation. The production will be a staged performance with full cast and orchestra.

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