Another nice review

August 19, 2008 § Leave a comment

Strauss' comedic 'Ariadne' a delight

Opera within an opera ends Wolf Trap season

If the Three Stooges stumbled into an oh-so-serious performance of Hamlet and carried on as usual alongside the uncomprehending actors, the result would be something akin to Ariadne auf Naxos, the musically and theatrically brilliant work by Richard Strauss that serves as an invigorating finale to Wolf Trap Opera's season.

This company, devoted to the honing of emerging artists, routinely delivers smart, absorbing productions, among the most consistently satisfying to be found in the region. With Ariadne, close on the heels of this summer's snappy take on Verdi's neglected Un giorno di Regno and vivid treatment of Handel's Alcina, the ensemble has hit yet another peak, surely one of its highest yet. Snaring a ticket to tonight's final performance ought to be a priority for any opera fan who missed the first two. (read more)
From today's Baltimore Sun

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Ariadne auf Naxos

August 16, 2008 § 1 Comment

OPERA: 'Ariadne' a joyful jumble

Wackiness explodes at Wolf Trap-The Washington Times

Monday, August 18, 2008

With shabby-chic sets by Erhard Rom, witty direction by Thaddeus Strassberger and sharp conducting by Timothy Long, the Wolf Trap Opera Company's wacky new production of Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" ("Ariadne on Naxos") is an engaging, theatrically over-the-top showcase for the company's incredibly talented young singers.

High Notes Abound in 'Ariadne'

By Robert Battey
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, August 18, 2008; C05

The Wolf Trap Opera Company's final staged offering of the season — Richard Strauss's curious opera-within-an-opera "Ariadne auf Naxos" — is a near-triumph. The company's remarkable young artists presented a vocal feast at Friday's opening at the Barns.

We opened the last opera of the season last night to a sold out and enthusiastic crowd at The Barns. Bravo to us!





Photos:Erhard Rom
Director – Thaddeus Strassberger
Scenic Design – Erhard Rom
Costume Design – Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design – Robert H. Grimes

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Photos from Alcina

August 8, 2008 § 2 Comments

With two operas down and one to go, here are some photos taken by Erhard Rom of Handel's "Alcina". Follow this link to a nice review on Ionarts blog.
Director – Eric Einhorn
Scenic Design – Erhard Rom
Costume Design – Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design – Robert H. Grimes


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