Three visions of the original tale of a woman scorned

From Mozart’s Donna Elvira to Jennifer Aniston, the story of a woman abandoned by her lover has entertained us for millennia. In the Greek myth that started it all, Theseus abandons his lover Ariadne on the island of Naxos as she sleeps. The story is most famously told in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, but the first significant musical settings of the story come from Monteverdi, Scarlatti, and Haydn. These three works offer varied visions of the tale, from epic lament, to comic relief, to other-worldly happy ending. With stage direction from R.B. Schlather (Glimmerglass, New York City Opera) acclaimed singers Marcy Richardson, Silvie Jensen, and Amanda Keil join some of New York’s finest Baroque instrumentalists, including Daniel Swenberg, theorbo, and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord.

Performance Date: Thursday, December 1, 8 PM Theater 54 at Shetler Studios


The Arianna Project

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