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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. Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time 2 hours 42 minutes.

Performers Anne Schwanewilms (Ariadne), Susan Graham (Composer), Diana Damrau (Zerbinetta), Richard Margison (Bacchus), Dale Duesing (Music Master), John Graham Hall (Dancing Master), Jeremy White (Truffaldino), Dean Robinson (Lackey), Christoph Quest (Major Domo), Grant Doyle (Harlequin), Alasdair Elliot (Brighella), Christopher Lemmings (Scaramuccio), Ha Young Lee (Naiad), Christine Rice (Dryad), Rachel Nicholls (Echo), Jared Holt (Wig Maker), Hubert Francis (Officer).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Producer Royal Opera. Corporate Sponsor Alberto Vilar (2002). Director Christof Loy. Design Herbert Murauer. Lighting Jennifer Tipton. Choreographer Beate Vollack. Conductor Colin Davis.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0794483512. Details of all Ariadne auf Naxos archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1870

Archive Listings

22 Jun 04
9 Jul 04
Royal Opera House
West End
Greater London

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