An operatic divertissement to be performed in an abridged version of Moliere's comedy Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
. Both pignant and comic, Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera within an opera. The curtain opens on a Viennese salon where preparations are being made for a performance of an opera. There is consternation when the Major Domo (Chied Butler) announces that due to time pressure, a harlequin troupe will be performing comedy during the opera itself. The conflicting scenarios and contrasting characters reveal what happens when stand-up comedy meets Greek tragedy and music hall meets high art. New Production. Sung in German with English supertitlesPerformers Thomas Allen (Music Master), Soile Isokoski (Ariadne), Kate Lindsey (Composer), Dmitri Vargin (Harlequin), James Kryshak (Scaramuccio), Torben Jurgens (Truffaldino), Andrew Stenson (Brighella), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Dancing Master), Guy de Mey (Dancing Master Jun 13/20/23), Ana Maria Labin (Naiad), Gabriela Istoc (Echo), Sergey Skorokhodov, Adriana Di Paola, William Relton.
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Producer Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Director Katharina Thoma. Design Julia Muer. Costume Irina Bartels. Lighting Olaf Winter. Director Lucy Burge (movement). Company London Philharmonic Orchestra.