Ariadne auf Naxos

2017 Lowell House Opera

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Directed by Roxanna Myhrum ’05
Music Directed by Edward Jones
Produced by Steve Kunis ’17


Lowell House Dining Hall

Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30pm
Friday, March 24 at 8:30pm (Black-Tie Gala)
Saturday, March 25 at 8:30pm
Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30pm
Friday, March 31 at 8:30pm
Saturday, April 1 at 8:30pm

Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission.


This spring, Lowell House Opera brings to life Richard Strauss’ charming Ariadne auf Naxos. This will be the last year we will be performing in the Lowell House dining hall prior to renovations, and we have chosen this opera to resonate with this bittersweet moment of change. When Vienna’s richest patron accidentally double-books a cast of uptight opera singers and a troupe of bawdy comedians to perform on the same night, hijinks ensue in a satirical battle between high and lowbrow art and entertainment. In tribute to LHO’s transition, our production will include many visual references to Lowell House’s culture and tradition, and will provide a comedic and compelling exploration about why on earth we would ever bring people together to stage an opera in a dining hall. True to LHO’s mission of creating affordable and accessible opera for the Boston community, this production promises to be a delightful–and nostalgic–experience for all.


Beginning February 8th, all tickets may be purchased online or through the Harvard Box Office in the Smith Center.

Premium Seating: $75 black-tie gala, $40 other performances
General Admission: $50 black-tie gala, $25 other performances
Students and Senior Citizens: $25 black-tie gala, $15 other performances
All non-black-tie performances are FREE to Lowell House Undergraduates.


Ariadne (Double Cast) … Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste, Sol Kim Bentley
Ariadne (Cover) … Samantha Schmid
Bacchus (Double Cast) … Christopher Eaglin, Sean Malkus
Bacchus (Cover) … Steven Myles
Zerbinetta (Double Cast) … Abigail Krawczynska, Elisa Sunshine
Composer … Rebecca Krouner
Composer (Cover) … Elena Snow
Naiad … Alyssa Weathersby
Echo … Celeste Godin
Echo (Cover) … Maddie Snow, Bo Choi
Dryad … Rachel Davies
Dryad (Cover) … Naomi Levine
Harlequin … Christian Schwebler
Harlequin (Cover) … Chauncey Blade
Brighella … Kartik Ayysola
Scaramuccio … Bingchuan Wan
Scaramuccio (Cover) … Stephen Im
Truffaldino … Nyiko Ngobeni
Truffaldino (Cover) … Marcus Schenck
Music Teacher … James Liu
Music Teacher (Cover) … Ethan Sagin
Dancing Master … Matthew Hennek
Dancing Master (Cover) … Brian Gonzalez
Wig Maker … Marcus Schenck
Wig Maker (Cover) … Chauncey Blade
Lackey … Ethan Sagin
Lackey (Cover) … Marcus Schenck
Officer … Steven Myles
Major Domo … Bowen Lu


Conductor … Edward Jones
Stage Director … Roxanna Myhrum
Producer … Steve Kunis
Stage Manager … Beckett Mullen
Associate Producer … Gabriela Díaz
Associate Producer … Silvia Golumbeanu
Associate Producer … Annie Schugart
Tech Director … Mark Buchanan
Light and Set Designer … March Buchanan
Costume Designer … Kristen Connolly
Poster Designer … Dennis Zhang
Assistant Conductor … Joe Turbessi
Assistant Music Director … Sean Rodan