Ariadne auf Naxos

Richard Strauss 

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

New production by Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera

German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Prologue in English with a new translation by Helen Cooper

With the City of London Sinfonia

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

Performance finishes at 10pm and includes a 30 minute interval

 

 

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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.

Ariadne auf Naxos is a co-production with Scottish Opera.

What the critics said:

“Superb singing in slick new production…It’s a work that poses many questions about art’s place in society; its relevance, its merits and its ownership, to suggest but a few.” – The Arts Desk, Miranda Heggie

“There was a freshness in the colouring from the unusual instrumental combinations and plenty of passion unleashed at key moments in Strauss’ Romantic chromaticism, breath-taking modulations and lush harmonies.” Bachtrack, David Smythe

“In this co-production between Scottish Opera and Investec Opera Holland Park; it is the women who stand out as the characters who steer and sustain a path through the piece’s complexities, none more so than Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén as the composer. A role conceived for a soprano playing a man, hers is updated to a female composer, shedding fresh light on the relationships at play.” – The List, Carol Main

 

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Prices 

All performances 

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

Concessions are available on certain dates (£3 off yellow price zone only)

 

Cast and Creatives

Conductor Brad Cohen
Director Antony McDonald
Designer Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer Wolfgang Göbbel
Choreographer Lucy Burge
Circus Skills Director Joe Dieffenbacher
Prologue Translation Helen Cooper
The Prima Donna/Ariadne Mardi Byers
The Tenor/Bacchus Kor-Jan Dusseljee
Zerbinetta Jennifer France
Harlequin Alex Otterburn
Scaramuccio Daniel Norman
Truffaldino Lancelot Nomura
Brighella Elgan Llŷr Thomas
The Party Planner Eleanor Bron
The Professor of Composition Stephen Gadd
The Composer Julia Sporsén
The Producer Jamie MacDougall
Naiad Elizabeth Cragg
Dryad Laura Zigmantaite
Echo Lucy Hall
Wig Master Thomas Humphreys
Butler Trevor Bowes
Officer Oliver Brignall

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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.

www.joshualarock.com