Opera in once act by Richard Strauss, Op. 60 (2nd
version, 1916 Vienna)
Poetry by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Festspielhaus guests still enthusiastically praise the production of the “Cavalier of the Rose
” with Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Sophie Koch. And with this recording of “Ariadne auf Naxos” the legend continues! The Marschallin Renée Fleming will sing the role of Ariadne, whilst her former “Cavalier” co-star Sophie Koch will play the Composer. With “Ariadne”, Strauss succeeded in replicating the success of the “Cavalier of the Rose” but without resorting to repetition.
The content of this ever changing comedy / tragedy is perhaps even more refined than its predecessor, and in this latest opera it becomes clear that Strauss was a philogynist. The soprano and alto roles are simply but magically combined. Strauss was the last of the great composers to let his singers sing in a completely relaxed manner. The direction of Philippe Arlaud is sure to be equally relaxed, wonderfully deepening the on-stage atmosphere with his lighting and colour effects.