Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by Richard Strauss, Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Ariadne auf Naxos





Arizona Opera is delighted to at last present this Strauss masterpiece, which comes to the stage after its planned performances in Spring 2020, which were delayed due to the pandemic. Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera within an opera—a satirical farce that combines sublime music with hilarious antics.

A wealthy gentleman in Vienna commissions two pieces of entertainment as an after dinner treat for his guests, to be performed by two separate groups of artists: a dramatic opera and a lighted hearted theatrical comedy. Unfortunately, the dinner is running late, and the two ensembles are forced to performance on stage together, at the same time.

Ariadne, who has been abandoned by Theseus, laments her lost love and yearns for death. Zerbinetta and her tour companions from the commedia dell'arte troupe attempt to cheer up Ariane by singing and dancing, but without success. Zerbinetta insists that the best way to cure a broken heart is to find another love. Meanwhile, each of the four commedia men pursue Zerbinetta.

Naiad, Dryad, and Echo announce the arrival of a stranger. Ariadne assumes it is the messenger of death. Soon these misapprehensions are resolved and the two are united in the mystery of love.



Phoenix – December 2 - 4, 2022 – Herberger Theater Center
Tucson – December 10 & 11, 2022 – Temple of Music and Art

Performed in German with English supertitles

Arizona Opera McDougall RED Series
Estimated Running Time: 2 hours and 36 minutes with 1 intermission
Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Karen Wadman and Michael and Beth Kasser.


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