Ariadne auf Naxos

Get set for an Academy of Vocal Arts Opera broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos! The work explores the competition between high and low art for the public’s attention. A show within a show, two troupes of musicians perform two shows at the same time to create the love story of Ariadne and the god Bacchus.

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.