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Ariadne auf Naxos

The great Jessye Norman is Ariadne, the mythological heroine abandoned by her lover on the island of Naxos. In Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s charming opera-within-an-opera, she is joined by Ruth Ann Swenson as Zerbinetta, the flirtatious leader of a commedia dell’arte troupe that—by order of an eccentric patron—unexpectedly finds itself in the middle of Ariadne’s tragic story.Thomas Moser sings Bacchus, the young god who wins Ariadne, and Susanne Mentzer is the Composer of the fictional opera. Wagnerian bass-baritone Thomas Stewart makes a late-career cameo appearance as the Music Master.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Mar 20, 1993
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Run Time
2 HRS 07 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Ion Marin
Ariadne
Jessye Norman
Zerbinetta
Ruth Ann Swenson
Composer
Susanne Mentzer
Bacchus
Thomas Moser
Music Master
Thomas Stewart
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