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.Performers Lise Davidsen (Ariadne), Angela Brower (Composer), Hanna Hipp (Composer - Jul 19/23/27), Erin Morley (Zerbinetta), AJ Glueckert (Bacchus), Thomas Allen (Music Master), Michael Laurenz (Dancing Master), Francois Piolino (Scaramuccio), Bjorn Burger (Harlequin), Manuel Gunther (Brighella), Daniel Miroslaw (Truffaldino).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Producer Glyndebourne Opera. Conductor Cornelius Meister. Director Katharina Thoma. Design Julia Muer. Costume Irina Bartels. Lighting Olaf Winter. Company London Philharmonic Orchestra.