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Ariadne auf Naxos broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 16 July 2014 at 7.30pm

World-class cast includes Karita Mattila, Roberto Saccà and Jane Archibald, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

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.

Christof Loy’s production of Richard Strauss’s tragi-comedic piece Ariadne auf Naxos will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 16 July at 7.30pm.

The production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, opened on 25 June. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

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.

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.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

4 July 2014 at 1.34pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Ariadne auf Naxos, BBC Radio 3, broadcast, by Christof Loy, opera, Opera on 3, Production, radio, Richard Strauss, Strauss, The Royal Opera

This article has 3 comments

  1. kuei responded on 7 July 2014 at 10:48am Reply

    Hi, I've just checked the BBC3 website, Ariadne is not on their schedule for Sat 12th July? Will it be broadcast at a different time? many thanks.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 7 July 2014 at 2:36pm

      Hi Kuei,

      The date for this broadcast has now changed. It will now be broadcast on 16 July 2014, and not on 12 July.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Maurice C responded on 7 July 2014 at 8:16pm Reply

    Do not miss this broadcast;yesterday's concert performance in Birmingham was tremendous.

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