ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Richard Strauss
1864 - 1949
Opera in one act, with a scenic prelude
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
World premiere of 2nd edition: October 4th 1916, Royal Court Opera, Vienna
Sung in German with German surtitles

Duration: 2 3/4 hours with one interval

About the piece

Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera in an opera, an hermaphrodite in which tragedy, comedy, myth and irony becom ...
Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera in an opera, an hermaphrodite in which tragedy, comedy, myth and irony become blurred, in which the claims for equal rights for different art forms and their artists are upheld. Strauss/Hofmannsthal were a perfect example of fruitful collaboration between two artists from different fields. Ariadne auf Naxos was their third joint project. The world premiere (directed by Max Reinhardt) took place in 1912, with Ariadne auf Naxos following on from Hofmannsthal’s adaptation of Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The combination of spoken theatre followed by opera and the complicated interweaving of the two stories was met with incomprehension by the audience. Composer and librettist took the obvious step: all the roles – except one – were through-composed and the story forming the framework was given its own prelude. The first performance of this (second) Ariadne auf Naxos two years later was a great success.

Synopsis

Zerbinetta and her buffo chums have been engaged to dance and sing after a performance of a tragic opera, Ariadne auf Naxos ...
Zerbinetta and her buffo chums have been engaged to dance and sing after a performance of a tragic opera, Ariadne auf Naxos. Preparations for the evening are in full flow when it is announced that both forms of entertainment will have to be performed at the same time so that they are over in time for a fire-work display to begin. They have no option but to quickly try and improvise – but it is not so easy – Zerbinetta's saucy game with her four lovers is worlds away from Ariadne, deserted by Theseus on the island of Naxos, falling in love with the young God Bacchus...
Performances

Sunday 07.12.2014

Further performances:
12.12.2014  | 17.12.2014  |
21.12.2014  | 27.12.2014  |
18.01.2015  | 24.01.2015  |
31.01.2015

Cast

Conductor
Patrick Lange / Hartmut Keil
Director
Brigitte Fassbaender
Revival rehearsed by
Corinna Tetzel
Stage and Costume Designer
Johannes Leiacker
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Dramaturge
Mareike Wink

Prima donna /Ariadne
Sara Jakubiak
Zerbinetta
Sofia Fomina / Kathleen Kim
The Composer
Jenny Carlstedt / Claudia Mahnke
Tenor / Bacchus
Michael König
Harlekin
Björn Bürger / Daniel Schmutzhard
Scaramuccio
Michael McCown
Truffaldin
Vuyani Mlinde / Alfred Reiter
Brighella
Michael Porter *
Najade
Kateryna Kasper / Elizabeth Reiter
Dryade
Katharina Magiera / Judita Nagyová
Echo
Maren Favela
Ein Tanzmeister
Peter Marsh
Ein Musiklehrer
Dietrich Volle
Ein Lakai
Franz Mayer
Ein Perückenmacher
Thomas Faulkner*
Ein Offizier
Riccardo Iturra
Der Haushofmeister
William Relton

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra


* Member of the Opera Studio

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