Ariadne auf Naxos en Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos <p><strong>Airs Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 noon.&nbsp;</strong>Vienna&rsquo;s richest man is planning an incredible party. First &mdash; guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who&rsquo;s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover&rsquo;s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who&rsquo;s got a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there&rsquo;s to be a pyrotechnic display. But the host suddenly decides both productions must take place simultaneously so the fireworks can start promptly at nine! The Composer&rsquo;s aghast and the Prima Donna&rsquo;s horrified. But watch what happens when Zerbinetta gets into the act and determines that Ariadne&rsquo;s &ldquo;tragedy&rdquo; shouldn&rsquo;t end unhappily after all! This is Strauss à la Rosenkavalier, with sparkling, luscious music that wraps itself around a witty comedy.</p><p>As Ariadne, Amber Wagner is vocally thrilling. Her voice is truly dramatic, with both amplitude and nuance. Zerbinetta&rsquo;s all about stratospheric vocal acrobatics &mdash; ideal for Anna Christy, who entrances listeners with her coloratura fireworks display. The Composer is a poster child for impetuosity, and Alice Coote&rsquo;s portrayal oozes emotional energy &mdash; her singing is glorious. Bacchus must sweep Ariadne off her feet &mdash; and tenor sensation Brandon Jovanovich will do just that, vocally descending from the heavens with swashbuckling boldness! Sat, 09 Jun 2012 17:00:00 +0000 George Preston & Roger Pines 11788 at Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos