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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Blu-ray (Glyndebourne)

Director Katharina Thoma sets Richard Strauss’s comedy in a country house in the South Downs (a surrogate for Glyndebourne), immediately before and during World War II. Strauss and Hofmannsthal's conceit – that a hapless young composer has to accept the simultaneous performance of his new tragic opera with a burlesque from a commedia dell’arte troupe – is turned into a touching wartime drama of nurses, invalids, airmen – and of painful delusions and soul-searching, before final happiness.

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Composer: Richard Strauss
Ariadne: Soile Isokoski
Composer: Kate Lindsey
Zerbinetta: Laura Claycomb
Bacchus: Sergey Skorokhodov
Music Master: Thomas Allen 

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Director: Katharina Thoma
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes

Bonus: When Two Worlds Collide, Thomas Allen at Glyndebourne, Vladimir Jurowski on his final production as Music Director and a cast gallery.

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 DD / DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 128 mins 
Year: 2013