'Ariadne' offers plenty of antics
When it comes to musical and theatrical originality, Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos offers an abundance. The plot alone is a hoot. An opera company and a commedia dell'arte troupe are hired to provide pre-fireworks entertainment for a grand event, but time constraints force the two groups to perform simultaneously. The result is a delectably off-kilter mix of oh-so-serious opera characters and cavorting comedians, all enjoying some of Strauss' most ravishing, colorful melodies.
Peabody Opera Theatre presents Ariadne auf Naxos, with sopranos Lori Hultgren and Tamara Wapinsky alternating in the title role, at 7:30 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Friedberg Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $8 to $22. Call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2.
Chamber music in the 'Great Hall'
Local chamber-music fans will find several concerts worth seeking out this weekend, including one by the Fessenden Ensemble from Washington. The program, part of the "Music in the Great Hall" series, includes Brahms' Horn Trio and Finzi's Bagatelles for clarinet and piano. Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $6 and $15. Call 410-813-4255.