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Jun. 02 2012

06/09/12 – Ariadne auf Naxos – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss

 

Approximate Running Time: 3 hrs.,
sung in German

Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party.

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’s got 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.

 

CAST/CREW

Prima Donna/Ariadne
Amber Wagner

Zerbinetta
Anna Christy

Composer
Alice Coote

Tenor/Bacchus
Brandon Jovanovich

Music Master
Eike Wilm Schulte

Harlequin
Matthew Worth

Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis

Director
John Cox

Designer
Robert Perdziola

Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler

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