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. Concert PerformancePerformers Katarina Dalayman (Prima Donna/Ariadne), Christine Schafer (Zerbinetta), Angelika Kirchschlager (The Composer), Johan Botha (The Tenor/Bacchus), Thomas Allen (Music master), Christopher Maltman (Harlequin), Barry Banks (Brighella), Toby Spence (Scaramuccio), Jyrki Korhohen (Truffaldino), John Mark Ainsley (The Dance Master), Susan Gritton (Naiad), Anna Larsson (Dryad), Lisa Milne (Echo), Alasdair Elliott (An Officer).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Company London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Simon Rattle.