Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director), Daniel Harding (conductor) — With Emily Magee (The Prima Donna/Ariadne), Elena Mosuc (Zerbinetta), Jonas Kaufmann (The Tenor/Bacchus)
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Sven-Eric Bechtolf — Stage director
Rolf Glittenberg — Set designer
Marianne Glittenberg — Costumes
Heinz Spoerli — Choreographer
Ronny Dietrich — Dramaturgy
Jürgen Hoffmann — Lighting
Emily Magee — The Prima Donna/Ariadne
Elena Moșuc — Zerbinetta
Jonas Kaufmann — The Tenor/Bacchus
Eva Liebau — Naiad/A Shepherdess
Marie-Claude Chappuis — Dryad/A Shepherd
Eleonora Buratto — Echo/A Singer
Gabriel Bermúdez — Harlequin
Michael Laurenz — Scaramuccio
Tobias Kehrer — Truffaldino
Martin Mitterrutzner — Brighella
Peter Matić — The Major-Domo
The first opera premiere of the Wiener Philharmoniker at the 2012 Salzburg Festival – conducted by Daniel Harding – featured a familiar work in an unfamiliar guise: Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos had its world premiere in the original version one hundred years ago. The Salzburg Festival celebrates this anniversary as homage to the three founding fathers as well, since Strauss and Hofmannsthal dedicated this opera to Max Reinhardt.
Ariadne auf Naxos was the third collaboration by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, written directly after the great success of Der Rosenkavalier. Originally planned as a "divertissement with a small chamber orchestra," the project expanded into a grand venture combining opera, drama and ballet – and was a flop at its world premiere in 1912. Now the Salzburg Festival pledges to fulfill "the still-wonderful dream of its creators: to bring together the different genres of theater, ballet, drama, music and singing." Sven-Eric Bechtolf will direct this unconventional production, and has not only adapted Molière's play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which preceded the opera at the time, but has also reinstated the ballet music written for it subsequently. "A hundred years have passed since Hofmannsthal began to work on this tale with the fiercely practical and dramaturgically highly talented Strauss, one hundred years since the disastrous world premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos. We take this 'anniversary' as an opportunity to revisit the original version. And where would this make more sense than in Salzburg?" (Sven-Eric Bechtolf)
Picture: © Ruth Walz
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