Broadcasts from the Houston Grand Opera broadcasts return to KUAT-FM at noon this Saturday, October 22, with a performance of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, with a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The performance will run approximately two hours and forty-five minutes.
A feast for the eyes and for the ears, Strauss’s elegant and moving meditation on the conventions of the theater pits a comedienne against a prima donna at a high-society dinner party in Vienna. Three acclaimed leading ladies join forces onstage: sopranos Christine Goerke (Ariadne/Prima Donna) and Laura Claycomb (Zerbinetta) and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Composer). After his unanimously acclaimed appearances as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alexey Dolgov returns to Houston Grand Opera as Bacchus and the Tenor in this lavish, sparkling production directed by John Cox and conducted by Patrick Summers.