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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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"Ariadne auf Naxos"
6 ratings
3.5 average rating
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33 reviews
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attended Nov 05 2009

The singing later in the opera is absolutely beautiful! The story is performed and comes together much better than the Playbill would make you believe. I thoroughly enjoyed the opera!!

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2 stars
attended Oct 24 2009

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.

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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.