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
Concessions are available on certain dates (£3 off yellow price zone only)
Cast and Creatives
|Lighting Designer||Wolfgang Göbbel|
|Circus Skills Director||Joe Dieffenbacher|
|Prologue Translation||Helen Cooper|
|The Prima Donna/Ariadne||Mardi Byers|
|The Tenor/Bacchus||Kor-Jan Dusseljee|
|Brighella||Elgan Llŷr Thomas|
|The Party Planner||Eleanor Bron|
|The Professor of Composition||Stephen Gadd|
|The Composer||Julia Sporsén|
|The Producer||Jamie MacDougall|
|Wig Master||Thomas Humphreys|