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What happens when you get a circus and an opera at the same time? Magic, of course, at Ludlow Theatre

So, play along — and enjoy the show.

What if an opera company and a troupe of circus performers were accidentally booked into the same space on the same night?

Created by international opera director Andrew Nienaber and international circus impresario Paul Miller, Ariadne auf Naxos auf Ludlow builds on the concept of Richard Straus’ comedic opera Ariadne auf Naxos with two very different forms of entertainment forced to co-exist and battle for the audience’s attention. Stunning singing of German, Italian, French and English opera repertoire, incredible feats of physical skill and razor-sharp comedy collide in an evening of entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Shows: Friday Sept 6, 8 p.m. (Dinner included) and 
Saturday Sept 7, 3 p.m. Matinee and 7 p.m. (Dinner included) evening

Ludlow Theatre 322 Elm St., Ludlow
Tickets: www.bircus.com

Riffing on Richard Straus’ masterpiece Ariadne auf Naxos, Ariadne auf Ludlow, performed at the historic Ludlow Theater, brings the highest art together with the pinnacle of physical achievement for an unprecedented night of entertainment.

Opera’s finest, sung in Italian, German, French and English by an international cast, combined with expert acts of agility and prowess.

And, of course, clowns.

Last summer, two old college friends from the College Conservatory of Music got together and hatched a plan. They would bring together a combined five decades of experience in show business to bring Cincinnati an event the likes of which the world has never seen before: opera and circus.

Performed together.

In a brewery. 

With fine Mediterranean chicken, steak and veggie kebabs from the BIRCUS Grille and beverages brewed in-house by Bircus Brewing, Ariadne auf Ludlow is a night of beerhall opera that you’ll never forget.

Four singers. Three rings. Two troupes. One show…The shows must go on


Alexandra Schoeny (Soprano) – Alexandra has performed with ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Het Residentie-Orkest (The Hague), het Nederlands Jeugd-Orkest, the Omaha Symphony, the Reno Philharmonic, the Eugene Symphony, and in venues including Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Das Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Palace of Versailles, the Kimmel Center, and the Mann Center.

Ellen Graham (Mezzo-soprano) – Ellen has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of John Morris Russell and has appeared as a soloist with The May Festival under Robert Porco, as well as many regional orchestras including the Evansville Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony, and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Ellen has performed in inaugural productions with Undercroft Opera in Pittsburgh and Vital Opera in NYC.

Will Reed (Tenor) – Will has acted professionally in film, theater, and opera and is a core member of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus. 

Michael Pandolfo (Baritone) – Mr. Pandolfo has performed with numerous companies such as The Glimmerglass Festival, The Janiec Opera Company, The Seagle Music Colony, and Fort Worth Opera. He has also performed concert work at various houses across the country, including the Sarasota Opera House, the Mormon Tabernacle, Abravanel Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.

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