Bayerische Staatsoper
Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Robert Carsen
Opera 
21, 23 Feb 2020
Bayerische Staatsoper
Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Robert Carsen
Opera 
21, 23 Feb 2020
Photo by Wilfried Hösl & Fazil Berisha
Photo by Wilfried Hösl
Photo by Wilfried Hösl
Photo by Wilfried Hösl
Photo by Wilfried Hösl
Photo by Wilfried Hösl
Bayerische Staatsoper
Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Robert Carsen
Opera 
21, 23 Feb 2020

Bayerische Staatsoper
Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos

A grand and richly-textured opera-within-an-opera performed by an all-star cast

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A grand and richly-textured opera-within-an-opera performed by an all-star cast
“A knock-out Ariadne auf Naxos...There are rare times when a critic can just enjoy and say, ‘Wow!’” Opera Today
“Exuberant production” Financial Times
“Triumph in virtually every respect” Opera News
“A characteristically stylish, modern-dress affair” The Sunday Times

Munich’s cultural icon Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) marks a glorious return to the HKAF with Richard Strauss’s most playful and inventive tragicomedy, Ariadne auf Naxos—staged for the first time in Hong Kong! When a rich patron demands his evening entertainment be shortened, a heartrending opera on the mythical goddess Ariadne’s unrequited love must share the stage with the antics of a troupe of street comedians…Sublime and ridiculous, serious and uproarious, this opera-within-an-opera is an enticing mash-up of high art and popular comedy, where grand passions and romantic farce collide to create unexpected outcomes and splendid melodies. Crowned by Strauss’s unmatched vocal compositions, this production of Ariadne auf Naxos is a showpiece for the highly sought-after singers of today's opera world and a source of abundant delight for listeners.


Opera in one act with prologue
Approx 2 hrs 15 mins with no interval
Performed in German with English and Chinese surtitles
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal 

Conductor
Asher Fisch 

Director
Robert Carsen 

Set Designer
Peter Pabst

Ariadne / Primadonna
Eva-Maria Westbroek

Bacchus / Tenor
Peter Seiffert

Music Master
Martin Gantner

Zerbinetta
Erin Morley

Harlequin
Sean Michael Plumb

Composer
Samantha Hankey

With Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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“A knock-out Ariadne auf Naxos...There are rare times when a critic can just enjoy and say, ‘Wow!’” Opera Today
“Exuberant production” Financial Times
“Triumph in virtually every respect” Opera News
“A characteristically stylish, modern-dress affair” The Sunday Times

Munich’s cultural icon Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) marks a glorious return to the HKAF with Richard Strauss’s most playful and inventive tragicomedy, Ariadne auf Naxos—staged for the first time in Hong Kong! When a rich patron demands his evening entertainment be shortened, a heartrending opera on the mythical goddess Ariadne’s unrequited love must share the stage with the antics of a troupe of street comedians…Sublime and ridiculous, serious and uproarious, this opera-within-an-opera is an enticing mash-up of high art and popular comedy, where grand passions and romantic farce collide to create unexpected outcomes and splendid melodies. Crowned by Strauss’s unmatched vocal compositions, this production of Ariadne auf Naxos is a showpiece for the highly sought-after singers of today's opera world and a source of abundant delight for listeners.


Opera in one act with prologue
Approx 2 hrs 15 mins with no interval
Performed in German with English and Chinese surtitles
Cast & Creatives
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal 

Conductor
Asher Fisch 

Director
Robert Carsen 

Set Designer
Peter Pabst

Ariadne / Primadonna
Eva-Maria Westbroek

Bacchus / Tenor
Peter Seiffert

Music Master
Martin Gantner

Zerbinetta
Erin Morley

Harlequin
Sean Michael Plumb

Composer
Samantha Hankey

With Bayerisches Staatsorchester