Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a concert performance of Richard Strauss’s comedy Ariadne auf Naxos.
It’s the party to end all parties. But two entertainments have been double-booked to mark the evening’s climax – a serious opera and a slapstick comedy. The star soprano is throwing a tantrum and the staff are hiding the chaos from the boss. There’s only one solution: perform both shows at the same time.
Under conductor Sir Andrew Davis, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra gave unforgettable performances of two parts of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the International Festival in recent years. The same performers return with another sumptuous, late-Romantic opera: Richard Strauss’s comedy about high art and low art, life, love and fidelity.
This is a brand new concert staging by brilliant young director Louisa Muller. Among the specially selected cast are revered German soprano Dorothea Röschmann as the opera’s wronged heroine, Thomas Quasthoff as the house’s major-domo and prize-winning Scottish singer Catriona Morison as the composer.
As an opera within an opera and as a sly commentary on the struggles between high culture and low entertainment, Strauss’s comic creation was far ahead of its time. Bursting with life, vigour and humour, it’s also an opera that shows you can rediscover love in even the most unexpected places.
Sung in German with English supertitles
Röschmann's voice can seem poised somewhere between earth and heaven
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Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis Conductor
Louisa Muller Staging
Dorothea Röschmann Ariadne
David Butt Philip Bacchus
Brenda Rae Zerbinetta
Catriona Morison Composer
Martin Gantner Music Master
Sunnyboy Dladla Brighella
Serena Saenz Naiad
Soraya Mafi Echo
Jonathan McGovern Wigmaker
Filipe Manu Officer
Thomas Quasthoff Major-Domo
Strauss Ariadne Auf Naxos (1916 version)
Sung in German with English supertitles
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