Aleks Romano

mezzo-soprano

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Ariadne auf Naxos

  • The Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 West Riverside Drive Austin, TX (map)

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Richard Strauss’ tour de force, Ariadne auf Naxos, tells the story of a wealthy man who has assembled two groups of performers in his home – a group of opera singers preparing for a serious opera, and a troupe of comedians scheduled to perform an Italian comedy. As time grows short, the patron demands that the opera and the comedy be performed together, leading to an array of unexpected – and ultimately very satisfying – results.

Celebrated director Francesca Zambello’s production debuted at the Glimmerglass Festival, and re-imagines the playful and passionate tale in a rural barn setting. Glorious music and vocal fireworks from an ensemble cast led by soprano Alexandra LoBianco, tenor Jonathan Burton, soprano Jeni Houser, and mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano bring this romantic tale of backstage hijinks to life.

Cast

Alexandra LoBianco
Prima Donna/Ariadne

Jonathan Burton
Tenor/Bacchus

Jeni Houser
Zerbinetta

Aleksandra Romano
Composer

Robert Faires
Master of the Estate

David Small
Agent

Doug Jones
Dance Captain

Andrew Lovato
Harlekin

Matthew Scollin
Truffaldin

Sara Ann Mitchell
Najade

Claudia Chapa
Dryade

Megan Pachecano
Echo

Production

RICHARD STRAUSS Music

HUGO VON HOFMANNSTAHL Libretto

Richard Buckley Conductor

Jennifer Williams Stage Director

Adapted and Translated by Kelley Rourke

Sung in German and English  dialogue, with English supertitles.

Earlier Event: February 1
Ariadne auf Naxos

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photo credit Kristin Hoebermann 2014