Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos From Vienna

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Strauss' 'Ariadne auf Naxos' from the Vienna State Opera.

You might think of Strauss' fascinating drama Ariadne auf Naxos as a play-within-a-play ... within yet another play. On paper, the dramatic structure seems complex, with its tricky combination of opera seria and commedia dell'arte. Yet the opera reflects the simple, real-life truth that high drama and low comedy can easily occupy the same moment.

Host Lisa Simeone presents Ariadne auf Naxos from the Vienna State Opera in a production led by conductor Christian Thieleman and featuring a top-notch ensemble cast. The stars include mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch, sopranos Daniela Fally and Soile Isokoski, and tenor Johan Botha.

Zebinetta: Daniela Fally (soprano)
Ariadne: Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Bacchus: Johan Botha (tenor)
Composer: Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano)
Music Master: Jochen Schmeckenecher (baritone)
Dancing Master: Norbert Ernst (tenor )
Arlecchino: Adam Plachetka (baritone)
Scaramuccio: Carlos Osuna (tenor)
Truffaldino: Jongmin Park (bass)
Brighella: Benjamin Bruns (tenor)
Wigmaker: Won Cheol Song (baritone)
Lackey: Marcus Pelz (bass)
Naiad: Valentina Nafornita
Dryade: Rachel Frenkel
Echo: Olga Bezsmertna
Major-Domo: Peter Matic (speaking role)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor