A rich man hires an opera group and a troupe of actors to entertain his guests. At the last minute he notices there’s not enough time for both performances. They must take place simultaneously, melding together theatre and opera. The merriment of traditional commedia dell’arte characters invades the story of Ariadne, who’s awaiting death.
Ever since its world premiere in 1916, Ariadne auf Naxos has been one of Strauss’s most popular operas. Now it will be performed as an international co-production of six opera companies. The critically acclaimed version brings Ariadne’s world to the modern day with cinematic realism.
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