Ariadne Auf Naxos At Hungarian State Opera

  • 2 May 2013 9:00 AM
Ariadne Auf Naxos At Hungarian State Opera
A drama about drama. Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s and Richard Strauss’ second joint work, Ariadne auf Naxos was conceived as an appendix to Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme in 1911–1912. Later the authors augmented the one-act opera with a prologue, which explains how a commedia dell’arte company appeared at the cave at Naxos where Ariadne, whom Theseus had left, is waiting for death. The main theme of the opera is how to create something new from the anxious waiting for love and death again and again in the spirit of the will to live.

Strauss's opera, which is excellent in every detail and, at the same time, rewarding, now returns to the stage of the Opera after four decades, further building the composer's repertoire for his jubilee in 2014, following the other Strauss operas in our programme earlier - Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier - as well as Arabella, which was premiered last year.

Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is opening on 17 May 2013.

Further dates: 19, 21, 23 May.

Time: 19:00-22:00

Opera in two parts, sung in German

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