What you thought of Ariadne auf Naxos

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The curtain has now gone up on Festival 2017’s revival of Ariadne auf Naxos.

In this video the opening night audience share their thoughts on the production:

You can read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions below.


What the critics are saying

‘The sensation was the Ariadne of Lise Davidsen. The young Norwegian soprano’s voice, silken at the top, rich with deep mezzo colours, pours forth flawlessly as if in one clear, stupendous breath. It’s one of the greatest voices I have heard.’
– The Observer

‘It will surely go down as one of those “I was there” moments. The Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen is still only 30… her voice — impeccably rounded in tone with ringing top notes and a startlingly vibrant lower register — triggered full-body shivers… you may banish me to Naxos if she doesn’t become the most wanted Wagnerian soprano of her generation.’
– The Times

‘Lise Davidsen surpasses all expectations amid a splendid cast… meticulously realised to Glyndebourne’s highest standards.’
– The Daily Telegraph

‘Ingenious staging mixes comedy with the mythic.’
– The Evening Standard

Watch Lise Davidsen perform the heartbreaking aria ‘Es gibt ein Reich’ from Ariadne auf Naxos:


Audience reaction


Ariadne auf Naxos is on stage 25 June–27 July

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