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Ariadne auf Naxos

Saturday, February 24 through Saturday, March 3

Music Opera Downtown

A show within a show, two troupes of musicians perform two shows at the same time to create the love story of Ariadne and the god Bacchus.


Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos explores the competition between high and low art for the public’s attention. The opera combines a serious classical story of Ariadne abandoned by Theseus on Naxos with a comedy troupe attempting to cheer her up. The opera features one of the most difficult and exacting soprano arias in the 20th Century, Zerbinetta’s "Großmächtige Prinzessin".


Conductor David Aronson makes his Philadelphia debut conducting the AVA Opera Orchestra. Mr. Aronson, who teaches conducting and opera coaching at Vienna Conservatory Private University, made his conducting debut with Vienna State Opera in 2000, having been on the music staff since 1991.


Conductor: David Aronson with the AVA Opera Orchestra

Stage Director: Dorothy Danner

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Venue Information

Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-735-1685 phone
215-732-2189 TTY

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The Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Erin DiSerafino.