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I acquired this version of the opera because I wished to hear Renee Fleming, who has the ideal voice for Strauss, sing the two great arias from 'Ariadne'. Robert Dean Smith is as good as you will get these days as Bacchus, able to reach the notes of this high tessitura part. Sophie Koch is excellent as the composer and looks the part. I have heard Jane Archibald in several productions of this opera and she is a wonder. Not only does the voice do what it is supposed to in this part but she is also vivacious and pert to perfection without being in the least annoying, ideal qualities for Zerbinetta. The conductor, Christian Thielemann, is recognised as one of the best conductors of Strauss opera and another strong reason for hearing this performance. He always seems to enjoy what he conducts. I have several Baden-Baden productions on DVD and always find the sets somewhat clinical in design and the direction mannered. This production is no exception but at least it isn't a distraction.