Orchestral concert featuring music inspired by Ariadne.
The young Ariadne has inspired composers since the very birth of opera. Greek mythology tells of how King Minos' daughter gives her beloved Theseus a thread to help him find his way out of the labyrinth on Knossos, having killed the beast at its centre. Her inventive solution is now a widely used concept in the Swedish language: 'den röda tråden', or red thread, which means a common theme.
Following the defeat of the beast, Ariadne and Theseus sail away from Crete. But he deserts her on the island of Naxos. Abandoned and alone, Ariadne just wants to die. Soon Dionysus (Bacchus), the god of wine and religious ecstasy, arrives on the island and Ariadne finds love in him.
This season, we're staging Richard Strauss's opera Ariadne on Naxos and Jonathan Dove's The Monster in the Maze, both of which are based on parts of the myth. Ariadne 360° lends the stage to five more Ariadne-inspired composers from different eras: from the Baroque period, Benedetto Marcello's music for the theatre and Nicola Porpora's opera, via Haydn's cantata from the Viennese Classical style, to 20th century ballets by French composer Albert Roussel and American composer Elliot Carter.
Benedetto Marcello: ur Arianna
Elliot Carter: ur The Minotaur
Franz Joseph Haydn: ur Ariadne auf Naxos
Nicola Porpora: ur Arianna e Teseo
Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane