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At the Opera - 10/13/12 R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos


Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos), Op. 60, is an opera by Richard Strauss with a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Bringing together slapstick comedy and consummately beautiful music, the opera's theme is the competition between high and low art for the public's attention. Music critic and author Matt Dobkin wrote that, while Ariadne auf Naxos is "not as well loved as Der Rosenkavalier or as important as Salome, it is nevertheless staged all the time, thanks in large part to sopranos' attraction to the vocal and dramatic grandeur of the title role and to the compelling spitfire Zerbinetta character." Besides the opera, Strauss provided incidental music to be performed during the play. In the end, the opera occupied ninety minutes, and the performance of play plus opera occupied over six hours. It was first performed at the Hoftheater, Stuttgart, on October 25, 1912. This 1969 recording stars Gundula Janowitz and James King. Rudolf Kempe conducts.
 
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:09p
Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos - Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra; Rudolf Kempe, conductor; Label: Emi Classics FindBUY
10:00p
10:20p
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Requiem & Kyrie - NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:00p
11:37p
Giacomo Puccini: Recondita Armonia - Tosca - unknown; unknown, conductor; Label: Pearl FindBUY
11:41p
Giuseppe Verdi: Di Quella Pira - unknown; unknown, conductor; Label: Pearl FindBUY
11:44p
Robert Stolz: Schenk' Mir Dein Herz Heute Nacht - unknown; unknown, conductor; Label: Pearl FindBUY
11:48p
Robert Stolz: Mein Herz Ist Voller Sonnenschein - Berlin Staatskapelle; unknown, conductor; Label: Pearl FindBUY
11:54p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:57p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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