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Ariadne Auf Naxos (Met 22)

Mats at the Met

Elijah Moshinsky | 2022 | 180 MINS
USA | Subtitles

The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her ‘Live in HD’ debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece, with another partnership with Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Tickets on sale from 10am Wed 26 Jan (Friends), and 10am Thu 27 Jan (General Public)

In Detail

Strauss’s operas cover a wide spectrum of styles, from tragic and heroic to comic and expansive to poignantly intimate. In this ingenious quasi–chamber opera, the composer hit on a formula that allowed him to express several aspects of operatic storytelling in a single work, especially in the latter half, an opera-within-an-opera in which the practical flirtatiousness of the comedienne Zerbinetta contrasts with the grand sentiments of the title diva.

The outstanding cast for this production also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus, in this witty production by Elijah Moshinsky. Marek Janowski conducts.

An opera in 2 Acts sung in German with English subtitles.
World premiere: Hoftheater, Stuttgart, 1912 (original version); Hofoper, Vienna, 1916 (revised version).

180m approx with 40m interval

Tickets £20
(Friends/Students £17.50