Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos From Vienna

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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


Comments [4]

Tim from St Paul

In this production the Composer appears, but does not sing or speak, in the second act. At the very end, the Composer and Zerbinetta embrace. I assume they used a body double, rather than waste the divine Sophie Koch in a mute role.

Feb. 22 2015 09:20 AM

@Jeff Dimmerman, Zerbinetta is in the cast list, just not aligned with the others (and Zerbinetta is misspelled).

As to your second question, I've been wondering about that for many months. I occasionally give a link to the blog I write, but I do not do it every time and it never takes up two-thirds to three-quarters of my posts. DD~~

Feb. 19 2015 07:55 PM
Jeff Dimmerman from Upper Montclair, NJ

Shouldn't the Zerbinetta be given a line in the cast list?!

And why is this self-promoting "heldentenor" allowed to use QXR's website as his personal ad space?

Feb. 19 2015 11:57 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

What a wonderful world, as the expression goes, that we can tune in to productions almost everywhere. However, that does not satisfy the more sophisticated when it comes to tenors. Except for Jonas Kaufman, a terrific tenor, although not an echt Wagner tenor, who nevertheless does well in the lighter Wagner roles as Lohengrin and Parsifal, there is a dreadful dearth of genuine Tristans and Siegfrieds, though singers of girth "MARK" those roles. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor with many years of experience singing the heavier roles in the German, Italian, French and Russian operas. My next concert in New York is on March 21st, 2015 at 6 PM at the New Life Expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania on 33rd Street and 7th Avenue .It will be the 4th Reprise of my 4 three hour long main hall Carnegie Hall solo concerts in which I sang nearly 100 selections. The concert will be in 8 languages: German, Italian, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Latin and English. The composers represented will be Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, Handel, Grieg, Sibelius, Jacopo Peri, Cilea, Halevy, Gastaldon and Alvarez. The entire 12 hours of selections sung at Carnegie Hall will be presented in a series of 12 single hour concerts on tour along with The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, the Movies and the Grammys, also sung in concerts and on DVD. My singing may be downloaded, free, at Recorded Selections at my websites, and I am also an opera composer [ "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"]and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where there is training for actors for all the roles of the Shakespeare's plays and for big-voiced singers for all the Wagner roles and voice production training for speech and singing.

Feb. 19 2015 01:03 AM

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