Virginia Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos
- February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm
One of Strauss's finest works, this new Virginia Opera production is a seriously funny opera with seriously beautiful music. It considers the competition of highbrow and lowbrow art for the public’s attention, and is filled with slapstick comedy, delicious wit, and luscious music. The plot includes a rising young composer who has been commissioned by a nouveau riche Viennese gentleman to create a tragic opera based on the Greek myth of Ariadne that is to be performed at his sumptuous dinner party. But when the dinner runs long and threatens the cancelation of an extravagant fireworks display, it is decided that the opera must be performed along with the other scheduled performance — a ribald comedy. Hilarity ensues as this opera-within-an-opera unfolds. Sung in German with English supertitles.
$98, $80, $48