Buy this DVD for the singing, as all of the singers are near ideal. Susan Anthony shines in the title role, her voice warm and silvery with wonderful command of phrasing and dynamics. Her singing of Ariadne's set-pieces is fluent and beautiful with no harshness or wobbles, her tone beautiful and, at times, radiant. Bacchus is taken by Jon Villars, whose assumption of this role at La Scala I witnessed. There he was costumed appropriately and looked, and sang, like a god. At the Semper Opera, on this DVD, he is costumed in the now-usual Eurotrash long overcoat (when will this become a thing of the past?) but his singing is similar to that of LaScala, perhaps not as fresh, but almost effortless. The voice is strong, the high notes easy, and he does nobly by his music, with dynamic shadings here and there, strong shining high notes, and golden tone. He has an attractive stage presence, despite his costume. His hair is done in a punkish style that is not unattractive, except for Bacchus. Both these singers sing their roles lovingly, and sometimes transcend the silly staging. The Zerbinetta is Iride Martinez, whom I had not heard before. She is an amusing stage presence, and does the role wonderfully, her voice free and easy for the most part, not least in her showstopper "Grossmachtige Prinzessin." She blends well with her fellow conspirators, who are all charming and suited to their roles. The nymphs are initially unsettled, but later develop into a winning ensemble, their voices light and airy - their scene with Bacchus and Ariadne, at the god's entrance, is well done. The Komponist, Sophie Koch is very good as well, her voice conveying all of the anguish and enthusiasm of her part. The voice is a beautiful instrument, light and burnished, ringing out boldly as Koch lets loose but not losing its quality. Davis conducts lovingly, keeping the music moving, at one with his singers. The costumes are the usual mixed bag typical of European productions these days: fine in themselves, but what are they doing in Ariadne? The sound and picture are fine, in anamorphic widescreen. If you like modern productions, which update the period for no good reason, you will love this DVD, as the singing is so fine. Though I found the updating and gratuitous walk-ons and other useless bits annoying, the singing made up for the inanities.