Richard Strauss's lighthearted opera creates domestic comedy out of an incident from the composer's own marriage. While a renowned conductor is away on tour, his hot-headed wife jumps to conclusions after intercepting a misdirected love note that she believes was meant for her husband. In crafting the libretto for this rarely-performed work, Strauss championed a new genre of opera in which everyday events become the subject matter. Episodes are set on the ski slopes, at a ball, in a city park, and at a card party, as well as in the intimacy of the couple's home. This fast-paced series of short vignettes with orchestral interludes is presented in a witty production by director Leon Major.
Soprano Mary Dunleavy is Christine, baritone Nicholas Pallesen is Robert Storch, and tenor Andrew Bidlack makes his company debut as Baron Lummer. City Opera music director George Manahan conducts, sets are by Andrew Jackness, costumes by Martha Mann, and lighting design by Mark McCullough. The production had its premiere at City Opera in 1999. Intermezzo will be performed in English with supertitles.