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:
Lise Davidsen. Wow. Blimey. What. A. Voice.
glyndebourne</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AriadneAufNaxos?src=hash">#AriadneAufNaxos</a></p>— Jessica Duchen (jessicaduchen) June 28, 2017
Lise Davidson as Ariadne
glyndebourne</a> superb voice just starting out. One to watch and a joy to have heard early <a href="https://t.co/GojLXUo9bM">https://t.co/GojLXUo9bM</a></p>— Patricia Davidson (ShopaholicGuide) June 26, 2017
Glorious music-making at the first night of Ariadne Auf Naxos
glyndebourne</a> <br>It was both a privilege and a joy... Thank you. <a href="https://t.co/MCOFVbJDK6">pic.twitter.com/MCOFVbJDK6</a></p>— Peter Gritton (peter_gritton) June 25, 2017
Another fabulous day out at— Jessica Vera (@JVRLondon) June 29, 2017
glyndebourne</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AriadneAufNaxos?src=hash">#AriadneAufNaxos</a> clever, mad and brilliant. Totes in awe of <a href="https://twitter.com/LiseDavidsen">LiseDavidsen https://t.co/2JEqkqNdTT
Anyway, Ariadne auf Naxos
glyndebourne</a> is charming and superbly sung. Thoroughly enjoyable!</p>— Rhys (rhysrmann) June 25, 2017
Ariadne auf Naxos is on stage 25 June–27 July