The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 12, Episode 2

Ariadne auf Naxos (12 Mar. 1988)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Ariadne auf Naxos (original title)

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Ariadne / Primadonna
Kathleen Battle ...
Zerbinetta
Tatiana Troyanos ...
Der Komponist
James King ...
Tenor / Bacchus
Franz Ferdinand Netwig ...
Ein Musiklehrer
Stephen Dickson ...
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Scaramuccio
Artur Korn ...
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Joseph Frank ...
Ein Tanzmeister
Charles Anthony ...
Ein Offizer
Barbara Bonney ...
Najade
Gweniet Bean ...
Dryade
Dawn Upshaw ...
Echo
Nico Castel ...
Der Haushofmaiester
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A fine Ariadne Auf Naxos
3 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I love Strauss and prefer Der Rosenkavalier as an opera of his, Ariadne Auf Naxos is very special to me having it being the first opera I saw at the Royal Opera House. While I prefer the 1978 film production with Janowitz, Kollo, Gruberova and Berry, I much prefer the staging here. The cast are much more comfortable in the Opera part of the opera than the 1978 one, and the Vorspeil is equally impressive.

If there are two things I wasn't entirely crazy about, they were some grainy video quality, though the camera shots are clever and interesting, and James King's Bacchus. I love King, but I found him rather stiff and over-the-hill vocally here.

However, the orchestra perform with real passion and James Levine apparently loves this opera and it really shows in his conducting. The costumes and sets are simply gorgeous as well. When it comes to the performances apart from King they're truly excellent. Jessye Norman is an imposing Ariadne and Kathaleen Battle a delightfully coquettish Zerbinetta. I agree that the late wonderful Tatiana Troyanos is the star of the opera section as the Composer, it is an inspired interpretation and she sings beautifully.

All in all, an Ariadne with a lot to like. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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