R. Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos

A new co-production with Investec Opera Holland Park
Supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate

Theatre Royal

Glasgow

Thu 22 Mar to Wed 28 Mar

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Festival Theatre

Edinburgh

Thu 5 Apr to Sat 7 Apr

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Following his five-star Rusalka in 2016, director and designer Antony McDonald is back with a new production. In a large country house, two troupes of performers collide in an unfortunate double booking. Opera comes up against burlesque, and high ideals against a more ‘carefree’ approach… This playful opera is bursting with life and McDonald’s production promises plenty of style – and plenty of fun.

‘The beauty of Ariadne is that all art, either ‘high’ or ‘low’ – if you hold with that division at all – contains both tragedy and comedy. Ariadne’s themes are universal: two approaches not justto art but to life itself.’ Antony McDonald

Strauss’s sublime score flits between catchy comic turns, virtuosic coloratura and free-flowing lyricism. The international cast includes American soprano Mardi Byers, making her first appearance in the UK, Dutch tenor Kor-Jan Dusseljee and rising star and Jette Parker Young Artist Emily Edmonds. British opera legend Sir Thomas Allen is the Music Master and Jamie MacDougall is the Dancing Master. Brad Cohen, Music Director of Western Australia Opera, conducts.

Prologue sung in English, Opera sung in German with English supertitles

Running time approx. 2 hours 40 mins

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Cast & Creative Team

Prima Donna/Ariadne
Mardi Byers

Tenor/Bacchus
Kor-Jan Dusseljee

Composer
Emily Edmonds

Zerbinetta
Jennifer France

Music Master
Sir Thomas Allen

Dancing Master
Jamie MacDougall & Alasdair Elliott*
*7 Apr

Scaramuccio
Daniel Norman

Harlequin
Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Truffaldino
John Molloy

Naiad
Elizabeth Cragg

Echo
Lucy Hall

Dryad
Laura Zigmantaite*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Brighella
Elgan Llyr Thomas

Conductor
Brad Cohen

Director & Designer
Antony McDonald

Lighting Designer
Wolfgang Göbbel

Movement Director
Lucy Burge



Theatre Royal Glasgow
22 • 24 • 28 Mar 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
5 • 7 Apr 7.15pm

Access

If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Glasgow
Wed 28 Mar, 6pm

Edinburgh
Sat 7 Apr, 6pm

Audio Described

Glasgow
Wed 28 Mar, 7.15pm

Edinburgh
Sat 7 Apr, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.