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Ariadne auf NaxosNew production

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Leeds Grand TheatreLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 6NZ, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Opera North
Antony HermusConductor
Rodula GaitanouDirector
George SouglidesSet Designer, Costume Designer
Simon CorderLighting Designer
Hanna HippMezzo-sopranoComposer
Elizabeth LlewellynSopranoPrimadonna (Ariadne)
Ric FurmanTenorBacchus (The Tenor)
Jennifer FranceSopranoZerbinetta
Daniel NormanTenorDancing Master
John SavourninBaritoneTruffaldino, The Major-Domo
Dominic SedgwickBaritoneHarlequin
Alex BanfieldTenorScaramuccio
Adrian DwyerTenorBrighella
Jeremy PeakerBaritoneWigmaker
Frazer ScottBass-baritoneLackey
Daisy BrownSopranoNaiad
Laura Kelly-McInroyMezzo-sopranoDryad
Amy FrestonSopranoEcho
Victoria NewlynChoreography

Comedy and tragedy collide when a wealthy patron commissions two entertainments for his guests – one a knockabout comedy, the other a high-flown mythological opera.

Chaos erupts when, at the last minute, both companies are instructed to perform their pieces simultaneously. The backstage shenanigans of the prologue give way to a meditation on differing attitudes to life and love in the opera proper, with Ariadne, who longs only for death after she is abandoned by the faithless Theseus, contrasted with Zerbinetta, for whom one lover can easily be replaced by another.

All sides of Strauss’s musical personality – comic, heroic and romantic – are on glorious display in this sumptuous confection. Director Rodula Gaitanou locates the action in a Fellini-esque Italian film studio in a production that won high praise when it was first seen in Gothenburg in 2018.

Sung in German and English with English titles

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