Opera is coming to the Peninsula! Exciting news for residents of Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson and Williamsburg: Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artists will be featured in three programs, all free and open to the public.
By Teresa Annas
©February 7, 2014
As operas go, "Ariadne auf Naxos" is artistically sophisticated, yet totally "Three Stooges."
Add to that Richard Strauss' music from a century ago.
"Strauss always writes this kind of music that feels like a wash of sound," said Audrey Luna, a coloratura soprano who just won a Grammy and who has the comic lead in the Virginia Opera production opening tonight at Harrison Opera House.
By Montague Gammon III
Once upon a time, and not too long ago, there was a wealthy fellow who wanted to impress his friends. To show them a good time. Certainly to show off his wealth.
Thus begins the “back story” of Richard Strauss’ 1912-1916 opera Ariadne auf Naxos.
Since the rich guy was apparently an opera producer, he decided to put on a special show. Or two. Or even three, if you count the fireworks display.
There was a disco ball and boogieing, ancient mythical creatures and a golden hippo, and a touch of “Matrix” slow-motion choreography in the Virginia Opera’s whimsical yet faithful musical production of “The Magic Flute” on Friday evening at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.