An overflowing crowd filled the Agnes de Mille Theater for the Fletcher Opera Institute's opening of Richard Strauss's charming and effervescent one-act opera (with Prologue), Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne in Naxos). The reduction (by Christopher Fecteau) of the original orchestration, from 37 musicians to a mere 20, was nimbly conducted by guest maestro David Effron. The coloratura writing in Zerbinetta's (Sarah Labiner) long and outrageously difficult aria outdoes all other such roles by other composers. And Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.
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