Today's Classical Music Video

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adrianne Pieczonka Sings "Ein schones war" from Ariadne auf Naxos


An important event in the COC Spring Season is the return of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos after a 16-year absence. It boasts a terrific cast - Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role; the great British mezzo Alice Coote as the Composer, and fast-rising Canadian coloratura Jane Archibald is Zerbinetta. Canadian tenor Richard Margison is Bacchus.  The supporting roles are equally well taken, with singers like veteran baritone Richard Stilwell (Music Master) and Canadian baritone Peter Barrett (Harlequin). Conductor Sir Andrew Davis makes his belated COC debut.  Here is a video clip of the Munich Opera Ariadne starring Adrianne Pieczonka and German coloratura soprano Diana Damrau, in the Robert Carsen production that premiered in 2008.  I saw the opening night in July 08 at the Prinzregenten-theater and it was an unforgettable experience.  The production was supposed to be filmed for DVD release the following year but unfortunately it didn't happen so we have to be satisfied with these short clips now available on Youtube.

- Joseph K. So

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