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Richard Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera in one act, Op. 60
Text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929)

Adapted for the Salzburg Festival 2012 by Sven-Eric Bechtolf
New production
In German with German and English surtitles

Co-production with the Vienna State Opera

Duration approx. 3,45 hours.


  • 29 July 2012, 19:30


  • 31 July 2012, 19:00
  • 03 August 2012, 19:00
  • 05 August 2012, 19:00
  • 08 August 2012, 19:00
  • 10 August 2012, 19:00
  • 15 August 2012, 15:00

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Daniel Harding, Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Stage Director
Rolf Glittenberg, Sets Design
Marianne Glittenberg, Costume Design
Heinz Spoerli, Choreography
Ronny Dietrich, Dramaturgy
Jürgen Hoffmann, Lighting


Emily Magee, The Prima Donna/Ariadne
Elena Moșuc, Zerbinetta
Jonas Kaufmann, The Tenor/Bacchus
Roberto Saccà (10.08, 15.08), The Tenor/Bacchus
Eva Liebau, Naiad/A Shepherdess
Marie-Claude Chappuis, Dryad/A Shepherd
Eleonora Buratto, Echo/A Singer
Gabriel Bermúdez, Harlequin
Michael Laurenz, Scaramuccio
Tobias Kehrer, Truffaldino
Martin Mitterrutzner, Brighella
Peter Matić, The Major-Domo
Cornelius Obonya, M. Jourdain
Thomas Frank, The Composer
Michael Rotschopf, Hofmannsthal
Regina Fritsch, Ottonie/Dorine
Stefanie Dvorak, Nikoline
Johannes Lange, Lackey
Artur Babajanyan, Oleksandr Kirichenko, Sergiy Kirichenko, Tigran Mikayelyan, Arsen Mehrabyan, Boris Myasnkov, Flavio Salamanka, Hasan Topcuoglu, Dancers

Vienna Philharmonic

Complementary programme: Ariadne auf Naxos



The first opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2012 Salzburg Festival – conducted by Daniel Harding – will feature a familiar work in an unfamiliar guise: Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos had its world premiere in the original version one hundred years ago. The Salzburg Festival celebrates this anniversary as homage to the three founding fathers as well, since Strauss and Hofmannsthal dedicated this opera to Max Reinhardt.

Ariadne auf Naxos was the third collaboration by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, written directly after the great success of Der Rosenkavalier. Originally planned as a “divertissement with a small chamber orchestra”, the project expanded into a grand venture combining opera, drama and ballet – and was a flop at its world premiere in 1912. Now the Salzburg Festival pledges to fulfill “the still-wonderful dream of its creators: to bring together the different genres of theater, ballet, drama, music and singing.” Sven-Eric Bechtolf will direct this unconventional production, and has not only adapted Molière’s play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which preceded the opera at the time, but has also reinstated the ballet music written for it subsequently. “A hundred years have passed since Hofmannsthal began to work on this tale with the fiercely practical and dramaturgically highly talented Strauss, one hundred years since the disastrous world premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos. We take this ‘anniversary’ as an opportunity to revisit the original version. And where would this make more sense than in Salzburg?” (Sven-Eric Bechtolf)