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. Approx running time 2 hours 45 minutes.Performers Deborah Voigt (The Prima Donna/Ariadne), Thomas Allen (A Music Master), Jacques Imbrailo (Wigmaker), Dean Robinson (Lackey), Robert D. Smith (The Tenor/Bacchus - Jul 16/19/28 Jul 1), Richard Margison (The Tenor/Bacchus - Jun 21/25), Gillian Keith (Zerbinetta), Ji-Min Park (Comedian/Scaramuccio), Jeremy White (Comedian/Truffaldino), Haoyin Xue (Comedian/Brighella), Elizabeth Cragg (Singer/Naiad), Sarah Castle (Singer/Naiad), Anna Leese (Singer/Echo), Christoph Quest (The Major-Domo), Elina Garanca, Peter Hoare, Christopher Maltman.
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Producer Royal Opera. Conductor Mark Elder. Director Christof Loy. Director Andrew Sinclair (revival director). Design Herbert Murauer. Lighting Jennifer Tipton. Choreographer Beate Vollack.