R. Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos

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

Theatre Royal


Thu 22 Mar to Wed 28 Mar

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Festival Theatre


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, and Dutch tenor Kor-Jan Dusseljee. British opera legend Sir Thomas Allen is the Music Master and Jamie MacDougall is the Dancing Master. Brad Cohen, Artistic Director of West Australia Opera, conducts.

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

Running time approx. 2 hours 40 mins


Cast & Creative Team

Prima Donna/Ariadne
Mardi Byers

Kor-Jan Dusseljee

Julia Sporsén

Jennifer France

Music Master
Sir Thomas Allen

The Party Planner
Eleanor Bron

Dancing Master
Jamie MacDougall & Alasdair Elliott*
*7 Apr

Daniel Norman

Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Lancelot Nomura

Elizabeth Cragg

Lucy Hall

Laura Zigmantaite*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Elgan Llyr Thomas

Brad Cohen

Director & Designer
Antony McDonald

Lighting Designer
Wolfgang Göbbel

Movement Director
Lucy Burge

Circus Skills Director
Joe Dieffenbacher

Prologue Translation
Helen Cooper

Theatre Royal Glasgow
22 • 24 • 28 Mar 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
5 • 7 Apr 7.15pm

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Mon 26 Mar, 6pm

Fri 6 Apr, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Sat 24 Mar, 6pm

Sat 7 Apr, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.


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

Wed 28 Mar, 6pm

Sat 7 Apr, 6pm

Audio Described

Wed 28 Mar, 7.15pm

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.