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
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.
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.
2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval
Sung in German with French and English surtitles
The curtain will very soon be rising on the first French performance of Orfeo & Majnun , a European participative opera which is accessible to everybody [...]