Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos
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With his opera Ariadne on Naxos, Richard Strauss succeeded in making a lasting contribution to 20th century chamber opera and at the same time (alongside Elektra, Der Rosenklavier, Arabella and Die Frau Ohne Schatten) provided an example of one of the most productive and successful cooperations with a renowned literary contemporary, Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Numerous operas by Richard Strauss were first performed in Dresden's Semperoper, in the very building which was destroyed in 1945 and could only open again in 1977. A new production of Strauss's Ariadne on Naxos was performed here in 1999, after many long years, with production and stage-setting by the Swiss director Marco Arturo Marelli and under the musical direction of Sir Colin Davis. The Leipziger Volkszeitung wrote of it,"A super production. Not even in terms of vocals does anything remain open to question. (. . .) Go!". This DVD makes it even more convenient and brings the production into your own home . . .
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