Part man, part beast, the Minotaur is trapped in a labyrinth and constrained by his violent role there, yet he longs to discover his own identity and his own voice. Among the innocents of a blood sacrifice Athens must pay to Crete is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but also attracts the attention of Ariadne - and it is her help that ensures his success in the labyrinth. World Premiere. Sung in English with surtitles. Approx running time 3 hours. Commissioned by The Royal Opera. Generously supported by Columbia Foundation of San Francisco with additional support from The Peter Moores Foundation.Performers John Tomlinson (The Minotaur), Johan Reuter (Theseus), Christine Rice (Ariadne), Andrew Watts (Snake Priestess), Rebecca Bottone (Innocent), Pumeza Matshikiza (Innocent), Wendy Dawn Thompson (Innocent), Christopher Ainslie (Innocent), Tim Mead (Innocent), Philip Langridge (Translator), Amanda Echalaz (Kere).
Music Harrison Birtwistle. Lyrics David Harsent. Producer Royal Opera. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Stephen Langridge. Design Alison Chitty. Lighting Paul Pyant. Choreographer Philippe Giraudeau.