Los Angeles Opera performs Ariadne auf Naxos
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The last date listed for Ariadne auf Naxos was Saturday October 2, 2004 / 2:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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This was a fun event, very imaginatively staged and directed, and surprisingly very funny!! Our seats were excellent! Goldstar service is very much appreciated. It's a great way to see shows that might otherwise be too expensive to take a chance on.
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“Lively, inventive, funny, visually stunning…an all-out uproarious satire.” Variety
“Four Stars.” Financial Times
A pre-performance lecture led by Mitchell Morris will take place one hour prior to the performance.
Academy Award winner William Friedkin directs a fascinating new production of Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos. Chaos behind the scenes spills out of the wings and onto the stage when a vain diva is forced to share the stage with a troupe of comedians.
Real-life couple soprano Petra Maria Schnitzer and tenor Peter Seiffert are the noble Ariadne and Bacchus, whose transcendent melodies scale the heights with almost unbearable beauty. Mezzo soprano Lioba Braun makes her Company debut as the distraught Composer, whose opera nearly gets lost in the shuffle. Coloratura sopranos Lyubov Petrova and Laura Claycomb dazzle as Zerbinetta, the coloratura comedienne whose antics inject a note of delightfully bawdy humor into the proceedings.
Academy Award winning director William Friedkin returns to Los Angeles Opera for this charming new production. Music Director Kent Nagano conducts a beguiling and passionate blend of romance and comedy.
A pre-performance lecture, led by Mitchell Morris, will take place one hour prior to each performance. Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes
Petra-Maria Schnitzer: PRIMA DONNA/ARIADNE
Lioba Braun: COMPOSER
Lyubov Petrova: ZERBINETTA
Laura Claycomb: ZERBINETTA (SEPT 29 & OCT 2)
Peter Seiffert: TENOR/BACCHUS
Martin Gantner: MUSIC MASTER
Georg-Martin Bode: MAJOR-DOMO
Gary Rideout: OFFICER
Joseph Frank: DANCING MASTER
John Atkins: WIGMAKER
Jinyoung Jang: FOOTMAN
Hugh Russell: HARLEKIN
Peter Nathan Foltz: BRIGHELLA
James Creswell: TRUFFALDIN
Ian Thompson: SCARAMUCCIO
Sarah Jane McMahon: NAIAD
Deanne Meek: DRYAD
Joohee Choi: ECHO
CONDUCTOR: Kent Nagano
CONDUCTOR: Laurent Pillot (SEPT 29 & OCT 2)
DIRECTOR: William Friedkin
SET DESIGNER: Edwin Chan
COSTUME DESIGNER: Sam Fleming
PUPPET DESIGN: Michael Curry
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mark Jonathan
CHOREOGRAPHER: David Bridel