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Ariadne auf Naxos (Sills) DVD

VAI 4363 (DVD)

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DVD has no regional coding - playable in all regions
Recorded 1969
NTSC Colour
Running time 93 minutes


Richard Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos

US premiere of the Original 1912 version (in Concert).

Beverly Sills, in the role of Zerbinetta, triumphs over the formidable challenges of perhaps the most difficult coloratura role ever written, and Claire Watson is ideal in the title role of Ariadne in this latest instalment in VAI’s series of historic telecasts from the archives of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This legendary 1969 concert performance marked the US premiere of the original 1912 version of the opera. The orchestra is under the direction of the BSO Music Director Erich Leinsdorf, and the cast also includes Robert Nagy, John Reardon, Benita Valente, Carole Bogard, and James Billings. 93 minutes, Color, with subtitles in English, French, German, and Italian.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Telecast 1969


Najade - Benita Valente
Dryade - Eunice Alberts
Echo - Carole Bogard
Ariadne - Claire Watson
Harlekin - John Reardon
Zerbinetta - Beverly Sills
Truffaldin - Malcolm Smith
Brighella - John Ferrante
Scaramuccio - James Billings
Bacchus - Robert Nagy
M. Jourdain - Andrew Raeburn (speaking part)

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