Transcendent Art and Vaudeville Share the Stage
It isn’t easy being the richest man in Vienna, especially when you’re hosting the party to end all parties. His Major-Domo dishes the dirt: “Can you believe it? My master plans the perfect evening—a sumptuous dinner and spectacular fireworks, to begin promptly at nine, with a little theatrical diversion he has so generously commissioned in between—a brand-new opera seria, followed by a comedy troupe, to cleanse the musical palate. And what happens? Total chaos ensues, but invention triumphs and harmony prevails. The gods smile."
Written for 16 soloists and a Mozartian orchestra of 36 players, Ariadne auf Naxos is one of Strauss’ most enchanting and wittiest operas, a comic collision of idealism and reality, of backstage grit and onstage glory. Vocal and theatrical fireworks abound in this new production by Tim Albery, whose previous Santa Fe successes Capriccio (2016), La Finta Giariniera (2015), and Arabella (2012). Discover why Santa Fe pioneered the music of Richard Strauss and how Ariadne represents the pinnacle of his craft.
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
English and German
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“Long live the politico-satrical-parodistic opera!”
Richard Strauss [in a letter to his librettist Hugo von Hoffmannsthal]
Scenic and Costume Design
Thomas C. Hase
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