Sat June 9, 2012
Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS on June 9th
Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party - and you're invited on Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 4 pm. First, guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who has a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display.
But the host suddenly decides both productions must take place simultaneously so the fireworks can start promptly at nine! The Composer’s aghast and the Prima Donna’s horrified. But watch what happens when Zerbinetta gets into the act and determines that Ariadne’s "tragedy”"shouldn’t end unhappily after all!
This is Strauss à la Rosenkavalier, with sparkling, luscious music that wraps itself around a witty comedy. The German libretto is by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Ariadne: Amber Wagner
Zerbinetta: Anna Christy
Composer: Alice Coote
Bacchus: Brandon Jovanovich
Music Master: Eike Wilm Schulte
Harlequin: Matthew Worth
CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
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