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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28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Premium operatic entertainment. Ariadne is a funny old thing, postmodern well before its time. One simply has to trust to the intentions of Hofmansthall and Strauss - and, if possible, a cast of the calibre assembled here. Jessye Norman is luxury casting as Ariadne and Kathleen Battle is a classy, hilariously casual Zerbinetta. They do need to be this good though as they have to follow the set piece of Tatiana Troyanos' composer. This late, great lioness of opera transcends the peculiarities of the piece with her oration which isn't lost by being on screen.

Led by a grinning Levine in the pit there's a sense of everyone having a party (to which Barbara Bonney is invited in a minor role for goodness sake). The staging is somewhat stock, the production acting as a vehicle for the singers. But with this cast, it's what you pay to see. The only true disappointment is the washy 80s video recording. 5/10


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