Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos is a special operatic confection. Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal combined Grecian myth with musical burlesque and a wry commentary on the backstage politics of artists serving the tastes and whims of aristocrats.Palm Beach Opera’s production of this masterpiece, which opened Friday night at the Kravis Center, is one of the company’s best offerings of recent seasons. A splendid cast that was equal to the score’s formidable challenges, masterful conducting and near-ideal production made this an operatic evening to savor.

Source: South Florida Classical Review » » Palm Beach Opera closes season with a triumphant “Ariadne auf Naxos”
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