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03 Oct 2005

Ariadne auf Naxos, Metropolitan Opera, New York

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/10cca518-33ab-11da-bd49-00000e2511c8.html

damrau.jpgBy Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 3 October 2005]


They might as well have called the show — and I do mean show — Zerbinetta auf Naxos. The non-capacity crowd at the Met roared on Thursday for a pretty newcomer, Diana Damrau. Portraying Richard Strauss's eternal coquette, she sounded phenomenal. Apparently no one had told her that this is one of the most difficult challenges ever inflicted on a coloratura soprano. She found no ascent too high, no embellishment too complex, no test too long.

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