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Richard Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos / Levine, Norman, Battle, Troyanos, Metropolitan Opera
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I actually enjoy a silly plot as such found in Ariadne auf Naxos; not everything has to be serious, uptight and boring, which is the impression of opera on many of us teenagers. I thoroughly enjoyed this opera, especially Norman's performance. I completely disagree with the person who said this DVD is overrated. Well, see for yourself, it's really that good!
The opinion seems divided here on Kathleen Battle--but I am a fan, and I think that her coquettishness works its charms in this part. She has the range, and hits the notes, while dancing around on stage. Her grand aria is a workout, and she takes it on with aplomb. Another reviewer here thinks a more steely voice is more appropriate to this role, but I think the typical light coloratura of K.B. actually reflects the lightness of this character very well.
The sets are a little heavy, and not as good as the new Met Production. But it is a chance to see two of the most famous prima donnas share the stage together. Not to be missed: the intermission bonus section of James Levine massaging the two massive egos. Very funny, if you know the history behind it.
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We enjoyed this production very much. We expected it to be excellent based on other reviews.Published 5 months ago by Elaine Greenfield
Absolutely one of my favourite versions of Ariadne aug Naxos! Superb singing, the orchestra sounds amazing and of course James Levine, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle!Published 15 months ago by Kate
Norman's portrayal of Ariadne is a real treat, with a rendition of "Es gibt ein Reich" that will knock anybody's socks off. James King is a superb Bacchus, even in his 60s! Read morePublished 15 months ago by George Locke
and they certainly did in this performance of Ariadne auf Naxos! Female singers do most of the heavy lifting in Strauss operas and here we have a dream cast of Tatiana Troyanos,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Jefferson Mitchell
Jessye Norman does not have the clear, crystalline, high soprano required for the role of Ariadne/Primadonna, whose greatest exponents to date have been Eliz. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Theodore Shulman
Whereas the female singers can sing extremely well, this is a very static and boring production. It is certainly not helped by camera work and editing that causes the viewer to... Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by Archie (Ottawa Canada)
Towards the end of the aria "Es gibt ein Reich" the carmera slowly zooms in on Jessye Norman's face as the climax builds. Read morePublished on August 7, 2009 by Angus W. Grant
This is a charming production, with Jessye Norman particularly shining. For some reason, the audience seems to really give Kathleen Battle the louder applause. Don't get me wrong. Read morePublished on June 9, 2006 by A Miles Fan
Kathleen Battle just about steals the show. With the likes of Norman and King that's saying something. Everyone is in top form. Read morePublished on February 26, 2006 by D. J. Edwards
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