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.
Gala concert of the Lucerne Festival
Michel Plasson, Benoît Jacquot – Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte)