It’s party time! Vienna’s most lavish aristocrat is throwing the biggest bash of the season. Two groups of performers—a burlesque troupe and an opera company—are set to provide the entertainment, but when dinner runs late, the host orders both groups to perform together, creating a head-on collision between low humor and high art. When saucy flirt Zerbinetta, start of the burlesque troupe, tells Ariadne, the opera’s suicidal, lovelorn star, to ‘get over it’ and find another man, tragic opera suddenly becomes romantic comedy.
Soprano Christina Pier makes her mainstage debut in the demanding dual role of Ariadne and The Diva. Her rival in life and art, Zerbinetta, will be sung by Audrey Luna, whose recent Metropolitan Opera debut as Ariel in The Tempest caused a sensation. Stage virtuoso Sam Helfrich (Orphée, 2012 & A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013) returns to direct another bold production at Virginia Opera.