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About Ariadne auf Naxos
Karita Mattila reprises her "glorious" (Guardian), "mesmerising" (Telegraph) performance of the title role in Christof Loy’s acclaimed production, in a short run of just three performances.
A rich patron has organized some after-dinner entertainment: a comedy troupe and a newly commissioned opera. However, dinner has overrun. To the horror of all involved, he commands that the two entertainments be performed simultaneously, so that they’ll be finished in time for the fireworks.
In the opera, Ariadne, abandoned on Naxos, laments her loneliness. A comedy troupe led by the perky Zerbinetta try to cheer her from her melancholy – Zerbinetta reminds her that there’s always another man around the corner. The god Bacchus arrives and he and Ariadne sing together in exultation.