Ariadne auf Naxos

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Théâtre de l'Archevêché
4 6 9 11 14 16 July
Opera in one act preceded by a prologue
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
First performed the 4th October 1916 in Vienna
Marc Albrecht
Stage Director
Katie Mitchell
Martin Crimp
Stage Designer
Chloe Lamford
Costume Designer
Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting Designer
James Farncombe
Joseph W. Alford
Language coach
Miriam Kaltenbrunner
Conductor assistant
Walter Althammer
Vocal coaches
Mathieu Pordoy, Gary Matthewman
Stage Director Assistant
Lily Mc Leish, Heather Fairbairn*
Set designer assistant
Alejandra Gonzalez
Costumes assistant
Nathalie Pallandre
Primadonna / Ariadne
Lise Davidsen*
Der Tenor / Bacchus
Eric Cutler
Sabine Devieilhe*
Der Komponist
Angela Brower
Huw Montague Rendall
Jonathan Abernethy*
Emilio Pons
David Shipley
Beate Mordal*
Andrea Hill*
Elena Galitskaya*
Ein Musiklehrer
Josef Wagner
Ein Tanzmeister
Rupert Charlesworth*
Ein Offizier
Petter Moen*
Ein Perückenmacher
Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin*
Der Haushofmeister
Maik Solbach
Ein Lakei
Sava Vemić
The richest Man in Vienna
Paul Herwig
His Wife
Julia Wieninger
Orchestre de Paris
*Former artists of the Académie

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Finnish National Opera & Ballet, Royal Danish Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu

  • Opera Today

    « Katie Mitchell brilliantly brokered this Von Hofmannstahl / Strauss dispute by pulling it all together into one totality. [...] The Aix Festival is famed for its casting sophistication, and this Ariadne is no exception. » Michael Milenski
  • Luxemburg Wort

    « The composer is admirably served by his performers: there are fifteen of them, and they are well cast! » Stéphane Gilbart
  • El País

    « The French soprano Sabine Devieilhe has created a character with immense vocal resources […] and great self-confidence. [...] Lise Davidsen’s Ariadne is wonderful. She is an overwhelmingly powerful singer with resounding bass tones, brilliant trebles, a rich and even timbre, and first-class musicality. » Luis Gago
  • Opera Today

    « Be advised, it is a production worth crossing continents, even oceans to see. » Michael Milenski

Die Dame gibt mit trübem Sinn
Sich allzu sehr der Trauer hin.
Was immer Böses widerfuhr
Die Zeit geht hin und widerfuhr.

This Lady’s all too much inclined,
To yield to heaviness of mind.
Whate’er misfortune may befall,
In time its traces vanish all.

Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ariadne auf Naxos, prologue (1916)

Behind the scenes, the richest man in Vienna has commissioned an opera seria from a young composer, as well as inviting a troupe of commedia dell’arte actors… but as the performance must end at 9 pm precisely to be followed by a fireworks, he orders all the artists to perform... simultaneously! Stage-side, the frivolous Zerbinetta tries to convince the tragic Ariadne that the men involved are interchangeable – because they are all the same! Between fidelity and metamorphosis, Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s third collaboration is more than a tribute to Molière or Mozart; it is a chamber opera as impertinent as it is irresistible, one that has emerged through the decades unscathed. Their Ariadne auf Naxos returns to the Théâtre de l’Archevêché for a new production by resident director Katie Mitchell, conducted by Marc Albrecht.

Programme of Ariadne auf Naxos (pdf in French)

Individual surtitles tablets are provided by Paraphraz

Wednesday 4 July 2018
Friday 6 July 2018
Monday 9 July 2018
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Saturday 14 July 2018
Monday 16 July 2018

Prices : 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
Children's discovery offer for all performances
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

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2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles