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Salzburg Festival: Ariadne auf Naxos
Salzburg Festival: Ariadne auf Naxos(2019)
Ariadne auf Naxos is in two parts, called the Prologue and the Opera. The first part shows the backstage circumstances leading up to the second part, which is in fact an opera within an opera.

The first opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic 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 celebrated 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. The Salzburg Festival pledged 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 directed this unconventional production, and had not only adapted Molière’s play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which preceded the opera at the time, but 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).

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal based on Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Molière and the greek myth of Ariadna and Bacchus.
Opera in 2 parts
Sung in German

Recorded 2012
From Salzburg Festival

Approximately 3h13


Conductor Daniel Harding
Stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Director Hannes Rossacher
Choreography Heinz Spoerli
Set design Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes Marianne Glittenberg
Lightning Jürgen Hoffmann
Dramaturgy Ronny Dietrich


The Prima Donna/Ariadne Emily Magee
Zerbinetta Elena Moșuc
The Tenor/Bacchus Jonas Kaufmann
The Tenor/Bacchus Roberto Saccà
Naiad/Shepherdess Eva Liebau
Dryad/Sheperd Marie-Claude Chappuis
Echo /Singer Eleonora Buratto
Harlequin Gabriel Bermúdez
Scaramuccio Michael Laurenz
Truffaldino Tobias Kehrer
Brighella Martin Mitterrutzner
The Major-Domo Peter Matić
M. Jourdain Cornelius Obonya
The Composer Thomas Frank
Hofmannsthal Michael Rotschopf
Ottonie / Dorine Regina Fritsch
Nikoline Stefanie Dvorak

Playing at South Hadley's Tower Theaters
Gran Teatre del Liceu: L'italiana in Algeri
Gran Teatre del Liceu: L'italiana in Algeri(2019)
L’italiana in Algeri espouses the cause of women's rights through the resourceful way its protagonist, Isabella, deals with the coarse Mustafà. Rossini was only 21 when he triumphed with this two-act farce, which consolidated his personal style and his status as the rightful heir of 18th-century opera buffa. Great arias and dazzling ensembles – like the one punctuated by onomatopoeia at the end of the first act – are just a few of the gourmet dishes on this hilarious Rossini menu. It has been 36 years since L’italiana in Algeri was last seen at the Liceu. Riccardo Frizza will be back in the orchestra pit with an entire cast of specialists in this style of opera on the stage. The bright colours of director Vittorio Borrelli's mise-en-scène are very much in keeping with the imaginative spirit of Rossini's sparkling music.


Conductor Ricardo Frizza
Director Vittorio Borrelli
Set Design Claudio Boasso
Costume Design Santuzza Calì
Lighting Andrea Anfossi
Chorus Master Conxita Garcia

Production Fondazione Teatro Regio di Torino


Mustafa Luca Pisaroni
Isabella Varduhi Abrahamyan
Elvira Sara Blanch
Zulma Lidia Vinyes-Curtis
Haly Tony Marsol
Lindoro Maxim Mironov
Taddeo Giorgio Caoduro

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Libretto by Angelo Anelli.
Opera in two acts
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Approximately running time 2h45

LIVE December 18, 2018
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Playing at South Hadley's Tower Theaters