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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos DVD (Metropolitan Opera)

Recorded in 2003 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, this sumptuous production of Ariadne auf Naxos presents divas Deborah Voigt and Natalie Dessay in the contrasting roles which embody the opera’s themes: the deserted princess Ariadne, a ‘one-man woman’ who believes in loyalty unto death, and the flirtatious comedienne Zerbinetta, who takes a more pragmatic attitude to love and to life. The noble, soaring lines of Ariadne gave Voigt a major breakthrough in 1991, when she sang the role in Boston, and it subsequently became her signature role. Zerbinetta exemplifies the dizzy coloratura characters which first made Dessay’s reputation.

Composer: Richard Strauss
The Music Master: Wolfgang Brendel
The Major-Domo: Waldemar Kmentt
A Lackey: James Courtney
An Officer: Mark Schowalter
The Composer: Susanne Mentzer
Bacchus, The Tenor: Richard Margison
A Wigmaker: John Fiorito
Zerbinetta: Natalie Dessay
Ariadne, The Prima Donna: Deborah Voigt
The Dancing Master: Tony Stevenson 

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: James Levine 
Chorus master: Raymond Hughes
Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan 

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM stereo / DTS 5.0 Surround
Format: NTSC
Region code: All regions
Running Time: 134 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT
Year: 2003