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‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ Presents Greek Myth of Betrayal and Love
Opera fans can see The Met’s “Ariadne auf Naxos,” along with behind-the-scenes views Saturday morning. COURTESY Met HD.
Friday, March 11, 2022


The Greek myth of the prince who set out to kill the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull creature, will be screened on Saturday in a Met HD live simulcast.

Sun Valley Opera and Metropolitan Theaters will present the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Big Wood 4 cinema in Hailey.

Tickets are $20, available at the door. And complimentary coffee from Hailey Coffee Company and breakfast breads will be served before the show, which runs nearly three hours.

Those who saw Friesen+Lantz’s recent exhibition of Anna Skibska’s “Labyrinth of Light” glass works will remember the Ariadne myth inspired by the story of Princess Ariadne of Crete, who fell in love with Prince Theseus and gave him a ball of thread to find his way out of a labyrinth after he had killed the Minotaur.

But, alas, Theseus ditches Ariadne during their voyage home and continues his journey to Athens without her.

A despondent Ariadne resolves to await Hermes, the messenger of death, who will take her to another purer world. But the approaching ship brings the young god Bacchus who is entranced by Ariadne’s beauty.

The production of the 1912 opera features soprano Lise Davidsen as the Greek heroine, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the composer of the opera-within-an-opera and tenor Brando Jovanovich as the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.


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