When the wealthiest man in the city double-books a group of buttoned-up opera singers and a band of bawdy comedians as dinner entertainment, the fun begins. Ariadne and her fellow singers have to share their drama (and the stage) with the saucy comedy troupe. This opera-within-an-opera, set on the Greek isle of Naxos, tickles your funny bone one minute and tugs at your heartstrings the next. Richard Strauss’ look at art, fidelity, and love is at once divinely comic and achingly tender, enchanting audiences from the beginning to the last note.
Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.
Steven LaCosse, Director & David Effron, Conductor