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The rapturous Ariadne returns to the Royal Opera

I have always loved Ariadne auf Naxos - though cannot quite believe tonight was only the 45th performance at the Royal Opera House. The set is a wonderful two-tier contraption showing the upstairs palace and downstairs servant quarter. Singers all wore rather colourful costumes.


Gillian Keith was a svelt and vixen-like Zerbinetta with an acrobatic voice to match. Deborah Voigt as a not-so-svelt Prima Donna / Ariadne brought poise and power to the role. Sir Mark Elder moved the tempo along nicely - pulled out the dramatic tension where it was needed in first half and tenderness in the second half. There were fantastic moments throughout - with a piercing duet (Ariadne / Theseus) which bring it to a rapturous end.



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