Glimmerglass Festival 2014: "An American Tragedy" or "Ariadne in Naxos"

Alice Busch Opera Theater

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See Richard Strauss’s farcical “Ariadne in Naxos” reimagined in upstate New York or Tobias Picker’s bleak “An American Tragedy,” set nearby

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The Deal

  • One ticket to Glimmerglass Festival’s Ariadne in Naxos or An American Tragedy
  • Where: Alice Busch Opera Theater
  • Seating: orange-section orchestra or balcony seating
  • Door time: two hours before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart

Ticketing Options

  • to see Ariadne in Naxos on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. (up to value)
  • $59 to see Ariadne in Naxos on Saturday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m. (up to $122 value)
  • $59 to see An American Tragedy on Sunday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. (up to $122 value)

Ariadne in Naxos

Unfolding in a rustic barn at an upstate country home rather than at the palatial estate of the wealthiest man in Vienna, director Francesca Zambello’s imaginative new staging of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos updates the setting but keeps all of the farce. The plot remains the same: two performance groups—one a saucy burlesque troupe, the other a somber opera company—are forced to work together when their wealthy patron realizes he doesn’t have time to watch both shows. In the first act, the two companies butt heads over how best to combine their performances. The second shows the results of that head-butting: a curiously compelling argument that ancient Greece’s tragic characters might have something to learn from the saucy philosophy of burlesque queen Zerbinetta.

Presented in English and German with projected English text.

An American Tragedy

Driven equally by lust and a thirst for respectability, the social-climbing son of poor evangelists sows the seeds of his own destruction in Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and the opera adaptation composed by contemporary master Tobias Picker. Dreiser based the story of Clyde Griffiths and the poor factory worker he carelessly seduces on a real murder trial in upstate New York that scandalized the nation in 1906. The opera has been newly revised nine years after the opera’s world premiere, and audiences may learn why in a free pre-show discussion with Picker starting one hour before curtain.

Presented in English with projected English text.

Glimmerglass Festival

  • 1975: The Glimmerglass Opera stages its very first summer opera festival with four performances of La bohème.
  • 1987: The company moves into the Alice Busch Opera Theater, built for that purpose with nearly 1,000 seats situated less than 70 feet from the stage—near enough to confirm none of the performers are holding gramophones behind their backs.
  • 1988: The company launches a Young Artists Program, helping to get singers in the early stages of their career acclimated to a world-famous stage.
  • 1992: Glimmerglass begins presenting shows in their original language (with a few exceptions), instead of translating them into English or performing via charades.
  • 2010: Under new Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Opera becomes Glimmerglass Festival—one of the largest summer opera festivals in the United States.
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    7300 State Highway 80

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