Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met

DVD / 2003

Recorded in 2003 at New York s Metropolitan Opera, this sumptuous production of Ariadne auf Naxos presents divas Deborah Voigt and Natalie Dessay in the contrasting roles which embody the opera s themes: the deserted princess Ariadne, a one-man woman who believes in loyalty unto death, and the flirtatious comedienne Zerbinetta, who takes a more pragmatic attitude to love and to life.

About the performance on this DVD, 2003:┬áThe baritone Nathan Gunn’s hearty voice and light-footed nimbleness enlivened his portrayal of Harlekin.