Ariadne auf Naxos: Washington National Opera in Strauss' Comic Opera
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The last date listed for Ariadne auf Naxos was Thursday November 5, 2009 / 7:30pm.
Currently at The Kennedy Center - Opera House:
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- $55.00 - $195.00
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Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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This is a rather daring idea for an opera. It's a mash-up of Commedia dell'Arte and grand opera. The music is excellent and although the songs are enjoyable, for the most part they aren't particularly memorable. The costumes and staging are very good and the performers are pretty good.
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The opera was delightful and our seats were excellent. In the second act of the opera there are guests on the stage. Because it was an opening night - on the stage as part of the cast were justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.
Quotes & Highlights
“(Petrova’s) soprano can blaze, but also lap teasingly and glow warmly.” —Dallas Morning News
The show must go on – a statement exemplified by Richard Strauss’ light-hearted jewel, Ariadne auf Naxos. The trouble begins as a serious opera company and a commedia dell’arte troupe arrive to entertain the guests at a posh dinner party and the wealthy host demands that they perform together in order to save time for the evening’s fireworks display. The resultant pandemonium is both cleverly amusing and deeply touching. With beautiful melodies and relentless energy, this play-within-a-play offers audiences a hilarious foray into the world behind the curtain. Andreas Delfs conducts this stunning production by Chris Alexander.
After her triumphant debut in last season’s Siegfried, Iréne Theorin returns to sing the title role. WNO favorite Lyubov Petrova will flirt and flounce as the incorrigible Zerbinetta – a role perfectly suited for her.