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Ariadne auf Naxos

Elijah Moshinsky’s witty production deftly walks the line between the lighthearted humor and the profound philosophical underpinnings of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s opera, masterfully conducted here by Met Music Director James Levine. Deborah Voigt stars as Ariadne, the mythical heroine abandoned on the island of Naxos by her lover, and Richard Margison is Bacchus, the young god who eventually takes her away to a new life. The spectacular Natalie Dessay as Zerbinetta leads the troupe of comedians who unsuccessfully try to cheer Ariadne up. Susanne Mentzer is delightful as the young Composer of the opera-within-the-opera, and Wolfgang Brendel sings the Music Master.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 3, 2003
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Run Time
2 HRS 14 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Cast & Creative
Conductor
James Levine
Ariadne
Deborah Voigt
Zerbinetta
Natalie Dessay
Composer
Susanne Mentzer
Bacchus
Richard Margison
Music Master
Nathan Gunn
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