Ariadne auf Naxos

Richard Strauss 

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17, 19*, 21, 25*, 27 July at 7.30pm

*Concession prices are available on these selected dates (£3 off tickets in yellow price zone only)

A co-production with Scottish Opera

Blue £76
Red £70
Green £59
Yellow £50
Pink £20

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The party to end all parties is about to begin. Two contrasting entertainments have been scheduled: a tragic opera by a young composer with high ideals, and a burlesque comedy. Now dinner has overrun, the diva is in a temper, the fireworks are about to begin, and, to everybody’s horror, both groups must perform at the same time.

Strauss’s Viennese backstage comedy of pretension and pragmatism sees the worlds of art and entertainment collide in a score rich with opulent melodies, witty ensembles and coloratura high jinks, as the comedienne, Zerbinetta, and her sidekicks interrupt the composer’s opera and introduce the tragic heroine Ariadne to a new beau, Bacchus.

At the heart of Strauss’s tour de force – the first opera of his to be performed at OHP – is a battle between high and low art, and the message that, with a little help from unexpected sources, even the most broken of hearts can sometimes be mended.


Cast and Creatives

Conductor Brad Cohen
Director Antony McDonald
Designer Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer Wolfgang Göbbel
Choreographer Lucy Burge
The Prima Donna/Ariadne Mardi Byers
The Tenor/Bacchus Kor-Jan Dusseljee
Zerbinetta Jennifer France
Arlecchino Alex Otterburn
Scaramuccio Daniel Norman
Truffaldino John Molloy
Brighella Elgan Llŷr Thomas
The Major Domo Eleanor Bron
The Music Teacher Stephen Gadd
The Composer Julia Sporsén
The Dancing Master Jamie MacDougall
A Wigmaker Thomas Humphreys
A Lackey Trevor Bowes
An Officer Oliver Brignall
Naiad Elizabeth Cragg
Dryad Laura Zigmantaite
Echo Lucy Hall

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Excerpts and arias from Ariadne auf Naxos
Joshua LaRock
For many years OHP has commissioned artists to create images to represent the season's operas. The images are not representations of the productions, but the artist’s interpretations.This year's images were designed by Joshua LaRock.

Joshua LaRock is internationally recognised as a preeminent figurative artist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of painting. He attended the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City and later formed an essential part of their teaching program, dedicating seven years as a core instructor.

LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past while being filtered through a contemporary life - his point of reference. This makes his emotive figure compositions memorable and potent, his commissioned portraiture powerful and gives his narrative pieces an eerily present feeling. Even when referencing Bouguereau or one of the great compositions of the past, LaRock imbues a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be. A striking painting of the artist’s wife, Laura in Black, was exhibited last year at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the 2016 BP Portrait Award.