4 July 2014 at 1.34pm | 3 Comments
Update: Please note that this relay will take place on 16 July and not on the 12 July, as previously announced.
The opera, a rich combination of tragic opera and bawdy comedy, features three of Strauss’s greatest soprano roles. Karita Mattila, who performed the role of Marie in Wozzeck earlier this Season, takes the role of the passionate and lyrical Ariadne; Jane Archibald performs Zerbinetta, one of the hardest roles in the coloratura repertory; and Ruxandra Donose is the intense and enthusiastic Composer. Roberto Saccà sings the role of Bacchus.
Kiandra Howarth as Echo, Wynne Evans as Scaramuccio, Paul Schweinester as Brighella, Karita Mattila as Ariadne, Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta and Jeremy White as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Ariadne auf Naxos is based on Molière's play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme. When a rich patron insists that high-brow opera and low-brow comedy are staged at the same time, true love and cheerful promiscuity collide. A playful exploration of two different worlds, the opera examines the role of art in society, and is very funny. Find out more in our Opera Essentials series.
Other BBC Radio 3 relays this Season include Maria Stuarda, which will be broadcast live on 14 July at 7.15pm.
Ariadne auf Naxos runs until 13 July. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Hélène and Jean Peters, Hamish and Sophie Forsyth and The Maestro’s Circle.