Cultural nourishment was what I craved, and I got plenty of it at Ariadne auf Naxos.
Karita Mattila made a good Ariadne - her darker timbre worked most of the time. Jane Archibald was a flamboyant Zerbinetta - hitting all the high notes at the right places. Robert Dean Smith was an admirable Bacchus and he did beautifully along side Mattila. I thought Lothar Königs was a little unsteady at the beginning, but everything soon fell into place - especially the second half of the last act was superbly done.