Opera matinee: Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos from the Vienna State Opera
General Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst conducts his Vienna forces in Richard Strauss re-telling of the myth of Ariadne. But with typical ingenuity, Strauss and his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, combine the serious classical story with commedia dell'arte slapstick as high and low art vie with one another for the public's attention. This version of the opera, first heard in Vienna in 1916 contains some of the most Strauss's most beautiful music.
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Ariadne auf Naxos, opera
Ariadne..... Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano),
Zerbinetta..... Daniela Fally (soprano),
Bacchus..... Stephen Gould (tenor),
Harlequin, a player..... Adam Plachetka (baritone),
Scaramuccio, a player..... Carlos Osuna (tenor),
Truffaldino, a player..... Andreas Hörl (bass),
Brighella, a player..... Pavel Kolgatin (tenor),
The Composer..... Christine Schäfer (soprano),
His Music Master..... Jochen Schmeckenbecher (baritone),
The Dancing Master..... Norbert Ernst (tenor),
A Lackey..... Marcus Pelz (bass),
An Officer..... Daniel Lökös (tenor),
The Major-Domo..... Peter Matic (spoken role),
Naiad, a nymph..... Valentina Nafornita (high soprano),
Dryad, a nymph..... Margarita Gritskova (contralto),
Echo, a nymph..... Olga Bezsmertna (soprano)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).
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