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An abstract image of two heavily made up female faces

Ariadne auf Naxos

RICHARD STRAUSS
Fri 24 Mar 2023
Main Stage, Theatre Royal

EVENT INFORMATION

Tickets from: £20.00. Friends discount 10%. Under 30s £10.00. Under 18s 50% off, excluding Gallery, when accompanied by a full paying adult – up to 4 per adult.
Evenings: 7pm
Running time: 2hrs 15mins (including interval)
Sung in German with English titles
Audio described perf with pre-show touch tour: Fri 24 Mar, 7pm

Comedy and tragedy collide when a wealthy patron commissions two entertainments for his guests – one a knockabout comedy, the other a high-flown mythological opera. Chaos erupts when, at the last minute, both companies are instructed to perform their pieces simultaneously.
The backstage shenanigans of the prologue give way to a meditation on differing attitudes to life and love in the opera proper, with Ariadne, who longs only for death after she is abandoned by the faithless Theseus, contrasted with Zerbinetta, for whom one lover can easily be replaced by another.

All sides of Strauss’s musical personality – comic, heroic and romantic – are on glorious display in this sumptuous confection. Director Rodula Gaitanou locates the action in a Fellini-esque Italian film studio in a production that won high praise when it was first seen in Gothenburg in 2018.

A co-production with Gothenburg Opera. 

There is a free pre-show talk ahead of this performance with members of the company. Tickets are free but must be pre-booked.

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