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Ariadne Auf Naxos
With Renée Fleming and Sophie Koch. Music director: Christian Thielemann

Festspielhaus guests still enthusiastically praise the production of the Cavalier of the Rose with Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Sophie Koch. The legend continues!

The Marschallin Renée Fleming will sing the role of Ariadne, whilst her former Cavalier co-star Sophie Koch will play the Composer.

With Ariadne, Strauss succeeded in replicating the success of the Cavalier of the Rose but without resorting to repetition. The content of this ever changing comedy/tragedy is perhaps even more refined than its predecessor, and in this latest opera it becomes clear that Strauss was a philogynist. The soprano and alto roles are simply but magically combined.

Strauss was the last of the great composers to let his singers sing in a completely relaxed manner. The direction of Philippe Arlaud is sure to be equally relaxed, wonderfully deepening the on-stage atmosphere with his lighting and colour effects.

Renée Fleming appears courtesy of Decca.
Christian Thielemann appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.


Credits.

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Broadcast date : Feb. 25, 2012, 7:15 p.m.

Philippe Arlaud stage director, set designer
Andrea Uhmann costumes


Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann musical direction


Eike Wilm Schulte (A music teacher)
Sophie Koch (The composer)
Renée Fleming (Ariadne / Prima donna)
Robert Dean Smith (Bacchus / The tenor)
Jane Archibald (Zerbinetta)
Nikolay Borchev (Harlequine)
Kenneth Roberson (Scaramuccio)
Steven Humes (Truffaldino)
Kevin Conners (Brighella)
Christian Baumgärtel (The dancing master)
Roman Grübner (Lackey)
David Jerusalem (Wigmaker)
Michael Ventow (Officer)
Christina Landshamer (Naiad)
Rachel Frenkel (Dryad)
Lenneke Ruiten (Echo)
René Kollo (Majordomo)

Movie director : Brian Large

Location : Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Baden-Baden, Germany)
Production : A production of Unitel Classica in co-production with ZDF/3sat in cooperation with Festspielhaus BadenBaden.