28 November
2022

Ingrams Circle, Constellation and Patron deadline

10 January
2023

Special Friend and Friend deadline

7 March
2023

Affiliate Member booking opens at 10am

28 March
2023

GO≤35 Member booking opens at 10am

4 April
2023

Public Booking opens at 10am

Performances
18, 24, 29 June 2023
1, 6, 14, 19, 21 July 2023
Start time: 6.20pm
End time: c.10.10 - 10.15pm


An opera of two halves? A comedy of two halves? Or both at once. That’s what is proposed by ‘the richest man in Vienna’, who has commissioned two entertainments, one from a serious opera composer and one from a troupe of comedians. When he discovers that sitting through both separately would delay the firework display he has planned, he gives orders for the two shows to be performed simultaneously on the same stage. The earnest young Composer is horrified while the pragmatic Zerbinetta is happy to give it a go.

As a result, the story of Ariadne, abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos and despairing of her lost love, is interrupted repeatedly by the comedians, keen to help and to advise her that the best way to cure a broken heart is to find another lover.

The dream team of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal came up with this eccentric idea after quite a few rewrites. The combination strikes at the heart of what music and drama mean with a lightness of touch and lustrously sumptuous music.


Sung in German with English supertitles

Ariadne
Natalya Romaniw
Bacchus
Young Woo Kim
Zerbinetta
Jennifer France
The composer
Polly Leech
His music master
William Dazeley
The dancing master
John Graham-Hall
Brighella
Innocent Masuku
Truffaldino
Ossian Huskinson
Scaramuccio
Richard Pinkstone
Naiad
Claire Lees
Dryad
Siân Griffiths
Echo
Harriet Eyley
The Major-Domo
Graham Clark
Conductor
Mark Wigglesworth
Director
Bruno Ravella
Designer
Giles Cadle
Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth
Philharmonia Orchestra
June
Sunday 18 June
Saturday 24 June
Thursday 29 June
July
Saturday 1 July
Thursday 6 July
Friday 14 July
Wednesday 19 July
Friday 21 July
Start time: 
6.20pm