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Ariadne auf Naxos

A (reluctant) combination of humour and solemnity.

Opera in two acts by Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Sung in German with Swedish surtitles.

The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

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.

Annalena Persson (Ariadne)
Tilo Stengel

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.


Ariadne auf Naxos is a co-production with Opera North from the UK.

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Programme

February 2018

Sat 3/2
18:00
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Wed 7/2
19:00
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Sun 11/2
18:00
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Thu 15/2
19:00
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Sun 18/2
18:00
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Wed 21/2
19:00
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Sat 24/2
18:00
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March 2018

Thu 1/3
19:00
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Sun 4/3
16:00
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Last performance
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