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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