A poet, Olivier, and his rival, the composer Flamand, vie for the primacy of their art and for the love of the Countess, whose charm and artistic refinement they find irresistible. A gathering for the Countess's birthday sets the scene for an evening of passionate discussions between the guests. What is more important: words or music?
Strauss’s final opera, premiered in 1942, has a score filled with warmth, playfulness and a great sense of longing, reflecting the end of his career.
Our production extends Garsington's international reach as we collaborate for the first time with the world class Santa Fe Opera. Douglas Boyd conducts and will be joined by Tim Albery (director, Idomeneo, 2016) and the award-winning designer Tobias Hoheisel. We are delighted to welcome internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson, making her Garsington debut as the Countess, with William Dazeley (The Traveller, Death in Venice, 2015) returning as the Count and acclaimed baritone Andrew Shore as theatre director La Roche.