Theresa Kronthaler © Tom Wagner
Theresa Kronthaler © Tom Wagner


THERESA KRONTHALER as Clairon in Strauss’ Capriccio

After her expressive portrayal of Eglantine in Carl Maria von Weber’s Euryanthe at the Theater an der Wien, Theresa Kronthaler continues her artistic collaboration with director Christof Loy, taking on the role of actress Clairon in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio in Madrid, under the baton of Asher Fisch. The German mezzo-soprano has frequently impressed reviewers with her powerful expressiveness (“In addition to first-rate singing, there is first-rate acting,” wrote Joachim Lange on December 14, 2018). The role of actress Clairon in Richard Strauss’ last opera gives her another opportunity to perfect her stage abilities in a wonderful synthesis.

This co-production with the Zurich Opera and the Gothenburg Opera is the first Strauss opera to be shown at the Teatro Real in eight years. It offers a lively discussion of fundamental questions of the opera genre: music or text, which is more important for an opera to succeed? Will the Countess be able to decide this ancient question?


Malin Byström, The Countess
Josef Wagner, The Count, her brother
Norman Reinhardt, Flamand, a musician
Andrè Schuen, Olivier, a poet
Christof Fischesser, La Roche, director of a theatre
Theresa Kronthaler, Clairon
John Graham-Hall, Monsieur Taupe
Leonor Bonilla, Italian singer
Juan José de León, Italian singer
Torben Jürgens, The Major-Domo

Asher Fisch, Musical Director
Christof Loy, Stage Director
Raimund Orfeo Voigt, Scenography
Klaus Bruns, Costumes
Thomas Jonigk, Dramaturgy
Frank Evin, Illumination
Andreas Heise, Chorographer