March 08, 2004
Last March I saw Seattle Opera's production of Ariadne auf Naxos. Dahlstrom's set was depressing, especially the prologue which looked like we were behind the scenes in the McCaw Hall itself. I hope Jane Eaglen has a nicer changing room though, not one marked by a blue circle and white icon that characterizes a women's bathroom sign. Director Chris Alexander wanted to update the opera to the present time, but I'm not sure that this made the opera any more accessible. The whole production lacked charm and warmth, even with the absurd fireworks ending. Jane Eaglen as the Prima Donna/Ariadne was impressive, but she does make everyone else sound bad in comparison.