ROCKLAND — A simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss will be presented at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m., with an encore presentation on Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m.

In “Ariadne auf Naxos,” a wealthy patron has commissioned two pieces of entertainment for a private dinner party: an opera based on the myth of Ariadne in exile, and a capering troupe of clowns for comic relief. The catch: the two acts must perform simultaneously so a fabulous pyrotechnics display can conclude the evening as promised. Creative tempers flare, pandemonium ensues, and romance blossoms as the zany preamble to the evening’s performance miraculously leads to a transcendent, touching second act.

Exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast for this March 12 transmission also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.

This production is part of the 2021-2022 season of Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcasts from New York City’s Lincoln Center to movie theaters across the globe.

The Strand requires proof of vaccination, or the official lab results of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of showtime, as well as a photo ID at the door. Masks are required for the duration of your visit. For opera presentations, audience capacity is capped at 30% (100 people), and reserved-seat ticketing provides a buffer of space around each party. Please refer to the Strand Theatre website or call (207) 594-0070 for more information.

The estimated run time is 2 hours, 50 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $27/Adults; $25/Strand Members; $15/Students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. Encore tickets are $23/Adults; $15/Strand Members; $5/Students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. All tickets are for reserved seats, and are available at; by calling (207) 594-0070; or at the box office when the theater is open for shows, and one hour before each opera show time.

A scene from Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” Photo by Marty Sohl / Met Opera