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Ariadne auf Naxos

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GöteborgsOperanChristina Nilssons Gata, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, SE 41104, Sweden
February 03 18:00, February 07 19:00, February 11 18:00, February 15 19:00, February 18 18:00, February 21 19:00, February 24 18:00, March 01 19:00, March 04 16:00
Göteborg Opera
Patrik RingborgConductor
Rodula GaitanouDirector
George SouglidesSet Designer, Costume Designer
Annalena PerssonSopranoPrimadonna (Ariadne)
Sofie AsplundSopranoZerbinetta
Ann-Kristin JonesMezzo-sopranoComposer
Matilda PaulssonMezzo-sopranoComposer, Dryad
Daniel FrankTenorBacchus (The Tenor)
Anna JohanssonSopranoEcho
Mia KarlssonSopranoNaiad
Erika SaxContraltoDryadFeb 03, 07, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24, Mar 01, 04
Vassilis KavayasTenorBrighella
Conny ThimanderTenorDancing Master, Scaramuccio
Alexander GroveTenorOfficer
Daniel HällströmBaritoneHarlequin
Mats PerssonBaritoneMusic Master
Richard LabyBaritoneWigmaker
Herbjörn ThordarsonBassLackey
Alessio CacciamaniBassTruffaldino
Lars HjertnerSpoken wordThe Major-Domo
Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Victoria NewlynChoreography

Fervent passions, exuberant humour and the contrasting aspects of art are the main elements of Strauss’ imaginative opera. Ariadne auf Naxos is an ingenious and playful piece of theatre that brings the conflict between high art and popular culture to a head. A seriously entertaining battle between tragedy and entertainment.

A wealthy man wants to impress his guests with both a newly written opera about the ancient tale of Ariadne, and a light-hearted acrobatic farce. Unfortunately, in order to have time for both performances, and to the artists’ dismay, they must improvise and play both at the same time. Meanwhile behind the scenes, a wonderful drama is being played out as the Maria Callas-inspired prima donna is forced to share the stage with the comedy players’ tempestuous Zerbinetta, and the serious composer watches his creation being hacked to pieces by slapstick numbers. But as highbrow art fuses with popular culture, a new story emerges. A reality in which the main characters overcome their misgivings, find new love and regain their vitality.

Greek director Rodula Gaitanou gives Ariadne auf Naxos the feel of a 1950s Fellini film studio, with film stars, jesters and painted backdrops. The first part is performed backstage at the filming location, while the second half consists of the ‘film’ being shown.

The Göteborg Opera’s dramatic soprano, Annalena Persson, breathes life into Strauss's wonderful melodic phrases as the unhappy Ariadne, while the internationally sought-after tenor Daniel Frank makes his Gothenburg debut as Bacchus. We are delighted to welcome back Sofie Asplund as the jovial Zerbinetta. Patrik Ringborg, conductor in high international demand, will return to the podium. At the Göteborg Opera, he has previously conducted Richard Strauss’ Salome and the first performance of Notorious by Hans Gefors.

Sung in German with Swedish surtitles

February 2018
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