Ariadne Auf Naxos
Constance attended the latest production by Pacific Opera Victoria last night. She always tries to study ahead of time to make the most of the occasion. The music of Ariadne Auf Naxos by Richard Strauss was very lovely, but Constance had to pay attention to keep the plot of this one straight….
The story is this: two after dinner entertainments are scheduled at a rich man’s party, a serious opera and a burlesque. The dinner goes beyond the allotted time so the rich man demands that both plays be performed simultaneously. The serious play is about abandoned Ariadne, weeping on her island and begging for death, the second one involves the ravishing Zerbinetta and her four lovers…naturally combining the two results in chaos (beautifully sung). Constance’s enjoyed the entire opera, but her favourite characters were the Young Composer, and Zerbinetta.
We wonder if the dispute between promoters of “Art for the cognoscenti” and “Entertainment for the populace” will ever be resolved…
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