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Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos

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{#Ariadne auf Naxos} begins with a lengthy prologue involving the premiere of an {opera} based on the story of {%Ariadne}. A conflict develops when the {opera}'s composer discovers that a frivolous {comedy} has been added to the bill after his new masterpiece. Tensions increase when it is decreed that, because of time restrictions, both pieces are to be performed together so that there will be time for a fireworks display afterward. The cast and creators struggle to quickly come up with a way of making this impossible situation work, and the {opera} begins in earnest. {%Ariadne}, discarded by her lover {%Theseus}, is on the island of {%Naxos}, awaiting death. A troupe of comedians arrives and tries to entertain her, but her grief is too great. {%Zerbinetta}, leader of the troupe, tries to persuade her that she is foolish to want death in such a manner, and {%Ariadne} leaves her in anger. {%Zerbinetta} and her pals then cavort about, with various ones vying for {%Zerbinetta}'s attention, which she eventually gives to {%Harlekin}. {%Ariadne} is then told that a ship is approach; assuming it is {%Hermes} coming to take her to her death, she awaits it. However, it turns out to be {%Bacchus}, a beautiful, young god whom {%Ariadne} at first takes to be {%Theseus}. {%Bacchus}, struck by {%Ariadne}'s beauty, tells her who he really is and takes her with him to live in the heavens. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

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Starring: Charles Anthony as Ein Offizier
Gweneth Bean as Dryade
Joseph Frank as Ein Tanzmeister
Allan Glassman as Scaramuccio
Anthony Laciura as Brighella
Stephen Dickson as Harlekin
Franz Ferdinand Nentwig as Ein Musiklehrer
James King as Der Tenor / Bacchus
James Courtney as Ein Lakai
Dawn Upshaw as Echo
Tatiana Troyanos as Der Komponist
Jessye Norman as Primadonna / Ariadne
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as
Artur Korn as Truffaldin
Nico Castel as Der Haushofmeister
Barbara Bonney as Najade
Kathleen Battle as Zerbinetta
Russell Christopher as Ein Perückenmacher

Directed By: Director: Brian Large
From Opera by: Richard Strauss
Executive Producer: Peter Gelb
Conductor: James Levine

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: Metropolitan Opera

Release Date: 07 Apr 1988

Run Time: 148

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV17883605

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