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.
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.