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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-972-7211
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10 reviews
4 stars
attended Oct 02 2004

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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Website

http://www.losangelesopera.com/production/index.asp?productionid=178

Quotes & Highlights

“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.

Description

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

CAST

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