By Lou Fancher. Correspondent. WALNUT CREEK — Peek inside the libretto of Richard Strauss’ heroic and lighthearted 1916 opera “Ariadne auf Naxos” and you will find an opera within an opera. Peek inside the preparations made by Festival Opera to present the production at the Lesher Center July 10 and 12, and you will discover everyday humanity. Conductor/Director Michael Morgan and featured performer Othalie Graham (Prima Donna/Ariadne) could easily be imagined hanging out poolside, splitting a hot dog at a ballpark, organizing their closets or recommending a good book.
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