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Ariadne Unhinged: Music of Monteverdi, Haydn, and Schoenberg to be performed starting May 7, 2008

by Michelle Brandon
May 7, 2008
Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
Harry du Jur Playhouse
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
212-598-0400
ARIADNE UNHINGED will run from May 7-11, 2008 at The Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center, with performances Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Thursday, May 8 at 8pm; Friday, May 9 at 8pm; Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm. The Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, NYC. Tickets are $70-$30 ($300 for Opening Night gala seats) and are available through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com.

For more information, visit www.gothamchamberopera.org.
Featuring one singer, six musicians, and the Armitage Gone! Dance Company, the production has sets by internationally-renowned photographer Vera Lutter. Mezzo sopranos Emily Langford Johnson and Brenda Patterson will perform the role of Ariadne in alternating performances. Costumes by Peter Speliopoulos and lighting by Clifton Taylor.

Ariadne has just been abandoned by her lover and savior, Theseus, on the island of Naxos, where she alternates between near-madness and madness. In ARIADNE UNHINGED, Gotham's new version of the classic story, three musical works from different centuries intertwine to reflect Ariadne's emotional and psychological states: Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, Haydn's solo cantata Arianna a Naxos, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. In another first, internationally renowned photographer Vera Lutter provides the stunning visual backdrop for this daring exploration. This production was conceived by Artistic Director Neal Goren for the Gotham Chamber Opera as a continuation of the company's ongoing series of operas based on the myth of Ariadne. The first installment in this series was the US stage premiere of Handel's Arianna in Creta, performed in February 2005; audiences can look forward to a Gotham production of Strauss's original 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos in a future season, among other Ariadne offerings.
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