Ariadne auf Naxos (The Metropolitan Opera)

Ariadne auf Naxos (The Metropolitan Opera)

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Director: Brian Large

Cast: Brian Large, James King, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman


Ariadne auf Naxos begins with a lengthy prologue involving the premiere of an opera based on the story of Ariadne. A conflict develops when the opera's composer discovers that a frivolous comedy has been added to the bill after his new masterpiece. Tensions increase when it is decreed that, because of time restrictions, both pieces are to be performed together,…  See more details below


Ariadne auf Naxos begins with a lengthy prologue involving the premiere of an opera based on the story of Ariadne. A conflict develops when the opera's composer discovers that a frivolous comedy has been added to the bill after his new masterpiece. Tensions increase when it is decreed that, because of time restrictions, both pieces are to be performed together, so that there will be time for a fireworks display afterward! The cast and creators struggle to quickly come up with a way of making this impossible situation work, and the opera begins in earnest. Ariadne, discarded by her lover Theseus, is on the island of Naxos, awaiting death. A troupe of comedians arrives and tries to entertain her, but her grief is too great. Zerbinetta, leader of the troupe, tries to persuade her that she is foolish to want death in such a manner, and Ariadne leaves her in anger. Zerbinetta and her pals then cavort about, with various ones vying for Zerbinetta's attention, which she eventually gives to Harlekin. Ariadne is then told that a ship is approach; assuming it is Hermes, come to take her to her death, she awaits it. However, it turns out to be Bacchus, a beautiful young God whom Ariadne at first takes to be Theseus. Bacchus, struck by Ariadne's beauty, tells her who he really is and takes her with him to live in the heavens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Deutsche Grammophon
Region Code:
[stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Rehearsal with subtitles; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James King Der Tenor / Bacchus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Actor
Jessye Norman Primadonna / Ariadne
Kathleen Battle Zerbinetta
Tatiana Troyanos Der Komponist
Artur Korn Truffaldin
Barbara Bonney Najade
Dawn Upshaw Echo
Nico Castel Der Haushofmeister
James Courtney Ein Lakai
Charles Anthony Ein Offizier
Russell Christopher Ein Perückenmacher
Gweneth Bean Dryade
Joseph Frank Ein Tanzmeister
Allan Glassman Scaramuccio
Anthony Laciura Brighella
Stephen Dickson Harlekin
Franz Ferdinand Nentwig Ein Musiklehrer
James Levine Conductor

Technical Credits
Brian Large Director
Peter Gelb Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Cast - Vorspann/Besetzung - Générique Début/Distribution [2:10]
2. Orchestereinleitung/Orchestral Introduction/Prélude Orchestral [2:22]
3. "Mein Herr Haushofmeister!" (Musiklehrer, Haushofmeister) [3:14]
4. "Hier Finden Euer Gnaden die Mamsell Zerbinetta" (Lakai, Offzier, Komponist) [1:56]
5. "Eselsgesicht! Sehr Unverschämter Frecher Esel!" (Komponist, Tenor, Perückenmacher, Zerbinetta, Primadonna, Musiklehrer, Tanzmeister) [3:14]
6. "Wer Ist Dieses Entzückende Mädchen?" (Komponist, Musiklehrer) [3:32]
7. "Hast ein Stückerl Notenpapier?" (Komponist, Zerbinetta, Musiklehrer, Primadonna) [1:21]
8. "Im Gegenteil. Man Kommt vom Tisch" (Tanzmeister, Musiklehrer, Lakai) [2:08]
9. "Ihnen Allen Habe Ich Eine Plötzliche Anordnung" (Haushofmeister, Musiklehrer, Primadonna, Tanzmeister, Tenor, Zerbinetta, Komponist) [4:52]
10. ""Ich Weiß Nicht, Wo Mir der Kopf Steht" (Musiklehrer, Komponist, Tanzmeister) [2:35]
11. "Der Ariadne Müssen Sie Streichen" (Tenor, Primadonna, Musiklehrer, Tanzmeister, Zerbinetta, Komponist) [1:44]
12. "Sie Hält Ihn für den Todesgott" (Komponist, Zerbinetta) [2:12]
13. "Sie Gibt Sich dem Tod Hin" (Komponist, Zerbinetta) [2:18]
14. "Ein Augenblick Ist Wenig - Ein Blick Ist Viel" (Zerbinetta, Komponist) [4:16]
15. "An Ihre Plätze, Meine Damen und Herren!" (Musiklehrer, Primadonna) [1:00]
16. "Seien Wir Weider Gut... Musik Ist Eine Heilige Kunst" (Komponist) [2:20]
17. "Was Ist Das? Wohin?" (Komponist, Musiklehrer) [3:24]
18. Ouvertüre/Overture/Ouverture [4:03]
19. "Schläft Sie?" (Najade, Dryade, Echo, Ariadne) [4:05]
20. "Wo War Ich? Tot?" (Ariadne, Echo) [2:30]
21. "Wie Jung und Schön und Maßlas Traurig!" (Harlekin, Zerbinetta, Truffaldin) [:38]
22. "Ein Schönes War: Hieß Theseus-Ariadne" (Ariadne, Najade, Echo, Dryade, Harlekin, Zerbinetta, Scaramuccio, Truffaldin) [7:12]
23. "Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen" (Harlekin, Echo, Zerbinetta) [2:06]
24. "Es Gibt ein Reich, Wo Alles Rein Ist" (Ariadne) [5:40]
25. "Die Dame Gibt mit Trübem Sinn" (Brighella, Scaramuccio, Harlekin, Truffaldin, Zerbinetta) [4:37]
26. "Großmächtige Prinzessin, Wer Verstünde Nicht" (Zerbinetta) [11:35]
27. "Hübsch Gepredigt! Aber Tauben Ohren!" (Harlekin, Zerbinetta, Brighella, Scaramuccio, Truffaldin) [1:34]
28. "Eine Störrische zu Trösten" (Brighello, Scaramuccio, Harlekin, Truffaldin, Zerbinetta) [6:06]
29. "Ein Schönes Wunder!" (Dryade, Najade, Echo) [4:18]
30. "Circe, Kannst du Mich Hören?" (Bacchus, Ariadne) [1:07]
31. "Töne, töne, Süße Stimme" (Najade, Echo, Dryade) [1:01]
32. "Dach Da Ich Unverwandelt" (Bacchus, Ariadne, Najade, Echo, Dryade) [2:10]
33. "Circe, Ich Konnte Fliehen!" (Bacchus, Ariadne) [11:55]
34. "Das Waren Zauberworte!" (Ariadne, Bacchus) [3:04]
35. "Gibt Es Kein Hinüber?" (Ariadne) [1:23]
36. "Du! Alles Du!" (Bacchus) [1:38]
37. "Töne, töne, Süße Stimme" - "Was Hängt von Mire in Deinem Arm?" (Najade, Echo, Dryade, Ariadne, Zerbinetta) [2:24]
38. "Deiner Hab Ich Um Alles Bedurft!" - "Laß Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein" (Bacchus, Ariadne) [7:16]

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Ariadne auf Naxos (The Metropolitan Opera) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Met films, but maybe the credit should go to Strauss for his fantastic music. Tatiana Troyanos, Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman are all perfect for their roles. While the women are about as good as you could hope for, the opposite is true of James King. At this (late) stage in his career all he can do is blast away at forte and formissimo, and there isn't much in the way of expression. There are two big extras on this DVD. The first is rehearsal footage of Levine at the piano with Battle and Norman, and a little of the dress rehearsal. The second is Dawn Upshaw and Barbara Bonney as Echo and Najade. This was before they hit the big time. Subtitles are in 5 languages. This is a joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this performance in person and have to say that it is transcendant. Here are two real black divas, at their best, tender and sad, magnificent, fun and flirtatious. Everyone else is excellent too, except for the poor fellow who plays Bacchus, who is merely loud. But somehow it fits this very clever opera-in-opera. It was a joy to watch and I cannot wait to get the DVD, although I do not want to invest in a DVD player. This is an excellent recording and performance, with lush costumes, perfect casting, brilliant vocals, and great theatrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A previous reviewer describes James King as 'blasting Away'.... That viewer has obviously never seen or heard James King in person, live. I heard him as Bacchus many, many times at the Vienna State Opera, and this recording brings alive the voice of this great heldentenor. It is an experience and a thrill to hear him in this MET performance with Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle. King sings better at this 'stage of his life' than he ever has throughout his entire career. A great performance, it is worth every penny. Buy it, and make up your own mind. You'll NOT be sorry, for ALL the performances here are first rate.