Just over a century old, Ariadne auf Naxos is a mixture of slapstick comedy and beautiful music. The story follows an opera-within-an-opera narrative which makes the audience examine the concept of art with a liberal sprinkling of laughs and an rare view behind the scenes of an opera house.
Christina Pier, in the title role, was vocally firm, rich throughout her range — a true Strauss soprano.
The other standout was Audrey Luna as Zerbinetta; the coloratura was impressive, though not effortless, and she truly made a meal of her role.
Not only will you see a memorable performance this weekend, you’ll also get the chance to see the Grammy award winning vocalist Audrey Luna perform as Zerbinetta, one of the stand out comedic performances of the night according to David Adam Beloff of the VA Pilot.