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Opera

Ariadne auf Naxos

Playing from 28 September to 02 November
Music
Richard Strauss
Libretto
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Conductors
Alan Gilbert/Vincenzo Milletari
Director
Katharina Jakhelln Semb
Set Design & Costumes
Susanne Münzner
Light
Susanna Hedin
Puppet Design
Kirjan Waage, Gwendolyn Warnock (Wakka Wakka Productions)
Språk
Sung in German with Swedish spoken dialogue. Captioning in Swedish.
Föreställningens längd
Approx. 2 hours 35 minutes including intermission.

Strauss' metaopera ARIADNE AUF NAXOS


The composer is stressed. His little opera ensemble is about to perform
Ariadne auf Naxos, a grandiose opera of his own making, at the home of a wealthy man. But the very same evening a troupe of players led by the colourful Zerbinetta will also perform, and the two ensembles fight over who is to go first. Suggestions for cuts is driving the earnest composer to near breakdown. This is the comic prologue to the opera about Ariadne that the audience will be attending after the intermission.

After Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier, the composer Richard Strauss and the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal was the foremost duo of operatic fame. They chose to follow up the two successes with a challenging experiment: an opera about an opera and a story about artistic creation. Ariadne auf Naxos is metafiction in its most enjoyable form, an opera that makes the audience aware of its own role in an entertaining way. It is a comic opera where spoken theatre is mixed with song. Enjoy Strauss’ shimmeringly melodious and extravagantly orchestrated music under the baton of the Royal Swedish Opera Music Director Alan Gilbert and with Christina Nilsson, Johanna Rudström, Sofie Asplund, Michael Weinius and the actor Andreas T. Olsson in the leading roles.



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