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Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, February 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Zurich Opera, 2006) (NTSC) 107249
STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Zurich Opera, 2006) (Blu-ray, HD) 108045

…[this] is the most interesting recent performance [of Ariadne auf Naxos] on DVD—and the most involving. It adds a fair deal of extra complexity to the piece but is beautifully produced and directed, not to mention very well conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. The cast is generally excellent, but in the end this account is made supremely compelling by Emily Magee’s powerfully committed central performance. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, August 2013

Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos has been issued on Blu-ray in an exceptionally strong 2006 performance Stage Directed by Claus Guth with Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Zurich Opera House with Emily Magee as the title character.

This production runs 127 minutes, but is remarkably consistent, rich, moody, powerful when need be and once it starts, it instantly brings the work to life and never quits until the final scene. That is not easy, but the makers and performers really pull this one off and the costumes & sets by Christian Schmidt are a big plus. A real winner…highly recommended. © 2013 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review





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