A spectacular high-definition performance of Ariane Auf Naxo by Strausss will be on the big screen at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 12:55 p.m. Uplifting soprano Lise Davidsen makes her debut in one of her signature roles, the Greek mythological heroine of Strauss’ enchanting masterpiece. The standout cast also includes mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as fiery Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as lover of Ariadne, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts. The Met Opera screenings in HD are part of the Classic Series and are syndicated by Roger Berlind, Liz Goldstone, Steven Goldstone and Sabina Slavin with support from Whistle Stop Bakery. Students 18 and under participate FREE! Please call the box office at 203.438.5795 to reserve.
The prologue takes place in Vienna in the 18th century. A performance of a new opera seria, Ariadne auf Naxos is in preparation at a private theater of a wealthy man. The music master learns that an Italian comedy will be performed immediately after the opera and that fireworks are also planned. The music master is furious and when his student, the composer, comes to ask for a rehearsal, they are told that the dinner music is still playing. The headmaster of the house rushes over and tells the musicians that in order for the fireworks to start on time, the opera AND the comedy must be played at the same time! Strauss’ clever adaptation of the initial performance which had to be shortened for the attention of its audience, leaves us with a masterpiece of an opera within an opera.
For more information or to purchase a contactless print-at-home ticket ($25, members and seniors $20, students $15, children 18 and under FREE – Ridgefield Library cardholders receive member prices for this show and AAA members receive a 20% discount!) go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. – AAA members receive a 20% discount and Ridgefield Library cardholders receive member prices for this show. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge Road, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.