Ariadne Auf Naxus
Entertainment & Arts > Opera
Start Time
: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 05:50 PM  BST
End Time
: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 09:40 PM  BST
: United Kingdom
: Lewes

The 2013 Festival opens with a new production of this compelling and intricately crafted collaboration between composer Richard Strauss and writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal. After the enormous success of Der Rosenkavalier, the two men conceived the idea of a light entertainment, a small trifle to amuse and divert the public. 

It soon became altogether more complex, subtle and ambitious, ‘something unusual and important’ as von Hofmannsthal put it, with ‘music as enchanting in the memory as anything could be; like fireworks in a beautiful park, one enchanted, all too fleeting, summer night’.

The kernel of the story is a clash between two different types of dramatic performance, as represented by a troupe of comic artists led by the irrepressible Zerbinetta, and the high seriousness of the classical myth of Ariadne; roles sung by Teodora Gheorghiu and Soile Isokoski, both making their Glyndebourne debuts.

In Vladimir Jurowski’s final season as Music Director he will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his first fully-staged Strauss opera, working with the German director Katharina Thoma, making her UK debut. 

Live broadcast to cinemas and online on 4 June 2013, venues and booking details will be announced here in due course.

A new production for the 2013 Festival
Sung in German with English supertitles

This new production is supported by a Syndicate of Donors led by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth