Media Release: Introducing… Mr and Mrs Strauss

SCOTTISH Opera stages a second operatic rarity this spring – Intermezzo, Richard Strauss’ witty opera based on his relationship with his capricious wife.

A fascinating window into Strauss’ homelife that uses the pseudonyms Christine and Robert Storch, Intermezzo gives an every day account of the cut and thrust of marriage.

This ‘conversational’ opera, for which Strauss wrote both the music and the libretto, is sung in German to preserve the beautiful rhythms and phrasing of the original prose.

This new production, conducted by music director, Francesco Corti, with Wolfgang Quetes directing and Manfred Kaderk designing, is set in the early 1920s, at the time when the opera was written.

Leading German soprano, Anita Bader, sings Christine Storch (Pauline Strauss), with Roland Wood as Robert Storch (Richard Strauss), Scottish tenor Nicky Spence as Baron Lummer and emerging artist, Michel de Souza, as the Notary.

Intermezzo marks the company’s first return to German repertoire since Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2006.

Only two professional productions of Intermezzo have previously been mounted in the UK: the first, in 1974, was produced by Glyndebourne Festival and then performed in English by Scottish Opera in 1986; while the second, Garsington Opera’s German-language production, was created in 2001.

Scottish Opera also presents Intermezzo Unwrapped – an hour long, free introduction to opera – on Tuesday 29 March (Theatre Royal Glasgow) and Wednesday 6 April (Edinburgh Festival Theatre). Presented on an alternative night to performances, Unwrapped gives new audiences and interested opera attendees a fascinating chance to get a glimpse into each new production with singers and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

This production is supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle.

Opening night: Saturday 26 March, Theatre Royal Glasgow

CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM                                      

Christine                                   Anita Bader                Conductor                     Francesco Corti

Robert Storch                            Roland Wood                Director                         Wolfgang Quetes

Anna                                         Sarah Redgwick            Designer                       Manfred Kaderk

Baron Lummer                           Nicky Spence

Notary’s Wife                             Frances Morrison-Allen

Councillor of Commerce                    Julian Hubbard

Opera Singer                             David Morrison

Stroh                                        Richard Rowe

Councillor of Justice              Nicholas Lester

Notary                                       Michel de Souza

Theatre Royal Glasgow

26 | 30* Mar 7.15pm

2 Apr 2.15pm†

Intermezzo Unwrapped 29 Mar 6pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

7 | 9*† April 7.15pm

Intermezzo Unwrapped 6 April 6pm

Running time approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes

* Pre-show talk

† Audio-described performance/Touch Tour


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