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Richard Strauss


31 August 2023 Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Victorian Opera continues its exploration of Richard Strauss in this concert of beautiful and deeply thoughtful ‘conversation piece for music’, Capriccio, conducted by the renowned Simone Young AM.

Victorian Opera continues its exploration of Richard Strauss in this concert of beautiful and deeply thoughtful ‘conversation piece for music’, Capriccio, conducted by the renowned Simone Young AM.

This final operatic masterpiece by Richard Strauss and Clemens Krauss from 1942 tells the story of Countess Madeleine who is being courted by two different men; Flamand the composer and Olivier the poet. Set in 18th century Paris, this lyrical and romantic work explores which is more important for opera – the words or the music – an age-old question about the nature of our artform.

The company is proud to welcome a now legendary Strauss conductor Simone Young and a wonderful cast in a unique collaboration with the Australian National Academy of Music in what will be an operatic highlight for Melbourne.

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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Composer Richard Strauss
Librettist Clemens Krauss
Conductor Simone Young AM 
Assistant Conductor Simon Bruckard


The Countess Vida Miknevičiūtė
The Count Samuel Dundas
Clairon Deborah Humble
Flamand Michael Schade
Oliver Stephen Marsh
Italian Singer Kathryn Radcliffe
Italian Singer Carlos E. Bárcenas
Monsieur Taupe Michael Petruccelli
The Major Domo Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Der Theatre Director (La Roche) Simon Meadows


Paul Batey, Paul Biencourt, Alastair Cooper-Golec *, Nicholas Cowall, Eamon Dooley, Douglas Kelly, Aleksander Pokryshevsky, Kiran Rajasingam.


ANAM Orchestra

ANAM Orchestra and Simone Young are generously supported by Henkell Brothers Investment Managers.

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Single Tickets ($39–$170)

Price Type
30 Years & Under
Groups (6-9)
Groups (10+)
Arts Access Victoria
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