Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera by Richard Strauss

Duration 2:30 Intermission 1
The opera is performed in German with subtitles in Bulgarian and English.
Ariadne auf Naxos

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Dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow

 

“Ariadne auf Naxos”,

opera in one act and prologue by Richard Strauss.

Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

First performance: October 25, 1912, Stuttgart, Germany.

 

“Ariadne auf Naxos”

The entertaining and touching performance consists of PROLOGUE and OPERA.

THE PROLOGUE tells of the preparation of a celebration organized by the richest man in Vienna.

Two groups – musicians and comedians – have arrived for it. The opera musicians want to present the serious work “Ariadne of Naxos”. Things get confused and the comedians have to take part in the performance.

In the OPERA section we already see the “product” of the confusion. ARIADNE, abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos, mourns her fate, lost love and dreams of death.

The comedians arrive and try to cheer her up, but without much success. Their leader Zerbinetta decides that the only way Ariadne can forget her love is to fall in love again. So, a stranger is brought to the island, whom Ariadne initially thinks is a messenger of death. But soon the love between them proves that passion and love can always triumph over sadness. Especially when the new lover is not anyone but the god Bacchus…

Synopsis

Prologue

The first opera by a young composer, “Ariadne on Naxos”, is to be performed in the castle of a Viennese aristocrat. The work is a tragedy with an ancient plot and that is why the host wants to show his guests something more fun – a farcical epilogue with the participation of the famous dancer Zerbinetta and her troupe. The young composer is desperate - the rough farce will reduce the effect of his work. In addition, the host has decided to present both stage works at the same time, and then there will be fireworks in the garden – so the theatre must be completed faster! Everyone is amazed by the decision of the aristocrat. The diva who is to play Ariadne, the Tenor who will play Bacchus' part, and the other singers are wondering what to do. The most upset is the young Composer, who realizes that his debut play is doomed to failure. But the charming and inventive Zerbinetta reassures everyone. She enchants the Composer, who immediately falls in love with her, and then decides to take matters into her own hands and lead the double performance.

 

Opera

Ariadne lies on the desert island of Naxos in the Aegean Sea. The beautiful daughter of the Cretan king Minos is abandoned by Theseus, whom she helped to kill the Minotaur monster and escape from her father's labyrinth. The nymphs Naiad, Dryad and Echo have put her to sleep with their gentle songs. But soon the unfortunate beauty wakes up to think of death, because without her beloved Theseus she does not see the meaning of life. Zerbinetta and her actors decide to comfort her with merry songs and dances. But Ariadne is so sad that she doesn't notice them. She summons Hermes, the messenger of the gods, to take her to the underworld. Zerbinetta wants to teach her how to deal with men. Ariadne does not want to listen to her.

The four comedians from the troupe – Brighella, Harlequin, Scaramuccio and Truffaldino – begin courting Zerbinetta. At this point, the nymphs announce the arrival of a ship on the island. The young god Bacchus comes, having escaped from the sorceress Circe. Ariadne decides that he is the god of death Hades. She falls into his arms, expecting to be taken to the underworld, and does not realize that she has been mistaken. After a while, a love spark ignites between Ariadne and Bacchus and the two are reborn for a new life. The cheerful and tireless Zerbinetta is relieved – men and women will not stop falling in love...

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Music

Richard Strauss
Composer

Richard Strauss

14.05.2022 / 19:00 Cast:

Nikolay Pavlov
ARISTOCRAT

Nikolay Pavlov

Atanas Mladenov
THE MUSIC MASTER

Atanas Mladenov

Lilia Kehayova
THE COMPOSER

Lilia Kehayova

Martin Iliev
THE TENOR (BACCHUS)

Martin Iliev

Angel Antonov
AN OFFICER, MAJORDOMO

Angel Antonov

Krassimir Dinev
THE DANCING MASTER

Krassimir Dinev

Svetozar Rangelov
A WIGMAKER

Svetozar Rangelov

Nikolay Voynov
A LACKEY

Nikolay Voynov

Stanislava Momekova
ZERBINETTA

Stanislava Momekova

Gabriela Georgieva
THE PRIMA DONNA (ARIADNE)

Gabriela Georgieva

Ilia Iliev
HARLEQUIN

Ilia Iliev

Daniel Ostretsov
SCARAMUCCIO

Daniel Ostretsov

Biser Georgiev
TRUFFALDINO

Biser Georgiev

Reinaldo Droz
BRIGHELLA

Reinaldo Droz

Irina Zheleva
Dancer

Irina Zheleva

15.05.2022 / 16:00 Cast:

Nikolay Pavlov
ARISTOCRAT

Nikolay Pavlov

Atanas Mladenov
THE MUSIC MASTER

Atanas Mladenov

Mariana Zvetkova
THE COMPOSER

Mariana Zvetkova

Kostadin Andreev
THE TENOR (BACCHUS)

Kostadin Andreev

Angel Antonov
AN OFFICER, MAJORDOMO

Angel Antonov

Krassimir Dinev
THE DANCING MASTER, SCARAMUCCIO

Krassimir Dinev

Svetozar Rangelov
A WIGMAKER

Svetozar Rangelov

Nikolay Voynov
A LACKEY

Nikolay Voynov

Diana Vassileva
ZERBINETTA

Diana Vassileva

Tsvetana Bandalovska
THE PRIMA DONNA (ARIADNE)

Tsvetana Bandalovska

Ilia Iliev
HARLEQUIN

Ilia Iliev

Daniel Ostretsov
SCARAMUCCIO

Daniel Ostretsov

Angel Hristov
TRUFFALDINO

Angel Hristov

Hrisimir Damyanov
BRIGHELLA

Hrisimir Damyanov

Irina Zheleva
Dancer

Irina Zheleva

Production team:

Evan-Alexis Christ
Conductor

Evan-Alexis Christ

Vera Nemirova
Director

Vera Nemirova

Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Vocal and Interpretation Training

Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow

JENS KILLIAN
Set designer

JENS KILLIAN

Vera Beleva
Assistant director

Vera Beleva

Alexandar Alexandrov
Choreographer

Alexandar Alexandrov

Elena Shopova
Artist multimedia effects

Elena Shopova

Liudmil Nenchev
Concertmaster

Liudmil Nenchev

Stefka Georgieva
Stage Manager

Stefka Georgieva

Suzana Shomova
Stage Manager

Suzana Shomova

Teodor Georgiev
Stage Manager

Teodor Georgiev

Vanesa Tsvetkova
Stage Manager

Vanesa Tsvetkova

Yolanta Smolyanova
Co-repetiteur

Yolanta Smolyanova

Angel Nikolov
Co-repetiteur

Angel Nikolov