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Lakes Area Music Festival's opera blends comedy and tragedy

The festival performs a love letter to creating an opera in "Ariadne auf Naxos." This opera is the first to be performed at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts.

Actors perform on stage.
The opera "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Richard Strauss is performed Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts during the 14th annual Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd. The festival brings more than 180 of the nation's top artists to central Minnesota during the summer for performances, open rehearsals and events. Other upcoming performances include "Santos & Haydn" on Aug. 17 and "Ogonek and Mahler" on Aug. 20 and 21. Tickets reservations are required at a name-your-price model with a suggested price of $20, knowing some can pay more, and others may pay less. The music festival is a nonprofit organization with the goal of "making great classical music performances accessible to as wide an audience as possible."
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