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Ariadne auf Naxos Tickets

Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
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Available Dates: 21 - 31 Jan, 2025 (4 events)
Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2h 35min with 1 interval
Acts: 1
Intervals: 1

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If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
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Cast
Performers
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Creators
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Light: Jürgen Hoffmann
Costume designer: Marianne Glittenberg
Sets: Rolf Glittenberg
Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Overview

Regarded by many as the ultimate collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the witty musical comedy “Ariadne auf Naxos” tells the story of the hopes and dreams of a young composer crushed by harsh (theatre) reality; of heartbroken ladies and of taking love and life as it comes. Last but not least, the opera raises questions of human trust, change and constancy, inadvertence and freedom.

"Ariadne is about more than grieving widows or the abandoned. It is about transformation, about the dissolution of rigidities in art and in personal life. I believe that the opera has a hero and a heroine, a protagonist and an antagonist: the composer and Zerbinetta; and in the course of the plot, of course, you also grow fond of Ariadne. But regardless of the lack or lack of identification figures, the opera is a bit of a construct that has been through the editing mill too often and is not fully balanced dramaturgically. The prelude and the opera are not consistently interwoven, and one could rightly ask: »What is this actually about?«. As an audience member, you are lured onto the wrong track, believing that there will be chaos on stage in the second part when the two elements »opera seria« and »opera buffa« collide. But it doesn't really come to that," says director Sven-Eric Bechtolf

In terms of opera history, Ariadne auf Naxos belongs to a genre that is usually referred to today as »meta-opera«. These are operas about operas, i.e. operas whose subject and genre is opera itself and the conventions of the work's creation. As a rule, these are satires such as L'opera seria (1769) by Leopold Gassmann. The text of such operas pokes fun at the usual practices of the opera business and its effects on the opera, exaggerating them to the point of grotesqueness in order to achieve comic effects. The composers proceed in the same way with the usual stylistic elements of opera seria and their performance practice by the singers. Strauss could not follow such a pattern for two reasons. Firstly, Hofmannstahl's text was so artificial that drastic musical comedy would have contradicted the text. And secondly, Strauss' penchant for subtle irony stood in the way of the merely bold use of satirical stylistic quotations. (Michael Walter)

In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of the Cretan king Minos (a son of Zeus) and Pasiphaë, herself the daughter of the sun god Helios. When the hero Theseus set out to kill the man-eating Minotaur, who lived in a labyrinth on Crete, Ariadne, Minotaur's half-sister, fell in love with him. She helped Theseus by giving him a thread, which he used to find his way out of the labyrinth after killing the Minotaur. Together with Theseus, Ariadne fled from Crete to Athens, but was left alone on the island of Naxos in her sleep - and despaired. There she was found by the god of fertility, Dionysus (Bacchus), a son of Zeus. Dionysus fell in love with Ariadne on Naxos and married her; as his wife, Ariadne gave birth to four sons. (From the 8th book of Ovid's Metamorphoses)

Short Summary
When the planned performance of his opera seria Ariadne auf Naxos in the palace of a Viennese nouveau riche is combined with the dance masquerade of an Italian comedy troupe, the young composer is initially in despair. It is mainly thanks to the dancer Zerbinetta that he agrees. In the opera itself, we meet Ariadne, abandoned and desperate. Only the god Bacchus succeeds in bringing her back to life. In the mystical union of the two, there is still room for Zerbinetta's mockery: "Come the new god gone, devoted we are mute!"

History
Premiere of this production: Staatsoper Stuttgart

Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos) is an opera by Richard Strauss with a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Combining slapstick comedy and consummately beautiful music, the opera's theme is the competition between high and low art for the public's attention.

Venue Info

Vienna State Opera - Vienna
Location   Opernring 2

The Vienna State Opera is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from the Vienna State Opera's orchestra. The building is also the home of the Vienna State Ballet, and it hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball during the carnival season.

The 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue was the first major building on the Vienna Ring Road. It was built from 1861 to 1869 following plans by August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, and designs by Josef Hlávka. The opera house was inaugurated as the "Vienna Court Opera" (Wiener Hofoper) in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. It became known by its current name after the establishment of the First Austrian Republic in 1921. The Vienna State Opera is the successor of the Vienna Court Opera, the original construction site chosen and paid for by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1861.

The opera house was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstrasse commissioned by the Viennese "city expansion fund". Work commenced on the house in 1861 and was completed in 1869, following plans drawn up by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style by the renowned Czech architect and contractor Josef Hlávka.

Gustav Mahler was one of the many conductors who have worked in Vienna. During his tenure (1897–1907), Mahler cultivated a new generation of singers, such as Anna Bahr-Mildenburg and Selma Kurz, and recruited a stage designer who replaced the lavish historical stage decors with sparse stage scenery corresponding to modernistic, Jugendstil tastes. Mahler also introduced the practice of dimming the lighting in the theatre during performances, which was initially not appreciated by the audience. However, Mahler's reforms were maintained by his successors.

Herbert von Karajan introduced the practice of performing operas exclusively in their original language instead of being translated into German. He also strengthened the ensemble and regular principal singers and introduced the policy of predominantly engaging guest singers. He began a collaboration with La Scala in Milan, in which both productions and orchestrations were shared. This created an opening for the prominent members of the Viennese ensemble to appear in Milan, especially to perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Ballet companies merge

At the beginning of the 2005–2006 season, the ballet companies of the Staatsoper and the Vienna Volksoper were merged under the direction of Gyula Harangozó.

From the 2010–2011 season a new company was formed called Wiener Staatsballet, Vienna State Ballet, under the direction of former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer Manuel Legris. Legris eliminated Harangozós's policy of presenting nothing but traditional narrative ballets with guest artists in the leading roles, concentrated on establishing a strong in-house ensemble and restored evenings of mixed bill programs, featuring works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, and many contemporary choreographers, as well as a reduced schedule of the classic ballets.

Opera ball

For many decades, the opera house has been the venue of the Vienna Opera Ball. It is an internationally renowned event, which takes place annually on the last Thursday in Fasching. Those in attendance often include visitors from around the world, especially prominent names in business and politics. The opera ball receives media coverage from a range of outlets.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2h 35min with 1 interval
Acts: 1
Intervals: 1

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

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