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Seattle Opera.

Ariadne Auf Naxos

May 2 - 16, 2015

Overview

By Richard Strauss

THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! A wealthy patron has commissioned two pieces of entertainment for a private dinner party: an opera based on the myth of Ariadne in exile, and a capering troupe of clowns for comic relief. The catch: the two acts must perform simultaneously so a fabulous pyrotechnics display can conclude the evening as promised. Our acclaimed production delivers a deliciously theatrical mix of lowbrow comedy and high art, offering surprises and delights at every turn.


In German with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 35minutes with 1 intermission

Audio described performance for visually impaired patrons available on Sunday, May 3. Description begins 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the matinee.

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Synopsis

Long Story Short
Tonight we attempt to answer the age-old question: what happens when comedy and tragedy are forced to share the same stage?

Who's Who?
The Composer is an idealistic, impatient, emotional young genius who deplores the frivolity and vulgarity of the world. Since he is very young, he is played by a woman.
The Music Master, his teacher, is older, wiser, and much more practical.
The Butler is a pompous sycophant who couldn’t care less about art or music. Because he’s supposed to be tone-deaf, he is played by an actor.
The Dancing Master is a sly producer of silly Italian comedies.
Zerbinetta is a sexy, flirtatious young actress who stars in the Dancing Master’s shows.
The Soprano is an obnoxious prima donna who plays Ariadne, an ancient Greek princess whose lover abandoned her, in the Composer’s opera.
The Tenor is a quick-tempered clod who plays Bacchus, the god of wine, in the Composer’s opera.
Harlekin is a likeable, lovesick young clown.
The Nymphs are Ariadne’s only companions in her exile upon Naxos; they areNaiad, a water spirit, Dryad, a forest spirit, and Echo, a…well, an echo.
The Comics perform with Zerbinetta and Harlekin; their names are Brighella, Scaramuccio, and Truffaldino.

Where and When?
The Prologue to this opera within an opera takes place in an art-lover’s mansion. The opera itself takes place on (a stage representing) the island of Naxos, from Greek myth.

What's Going On?
The wealthiest man in town, eager to dazzle his friends and neighbors and show off his vast wealth, is having a party. The invitation promised a glorious feast, the premiere of a serious opera on the Greek myth of Ariadne (written by the hotshot young composer the entire city is talking about), and a hilarious skit about “Fickle Zerbinetta and Her Four Lovers.” But the real climax of the evening—according to the Butler, at least—will be fireworks, in the garden at dusk!

No one dared tell the Composer that the antics of a troupe of Italian clowns would follow the unveiling of his masterpiece, and when he finds out he is livid. But matters grow worse as the dinner drags on, and the Butler announces that, in order to make up the time, the comedians and tragedians must combine their shows; they are both to appear on the same stage at the same time, and must perform ALL their music and text if they hope to be paid. Upon hearing this, the Composer is ready to kill himself, or at least to walk away forever from the rich cretin who could so desecrate his sacred art. Zerbinetta, however, saves the day (and her paycheck) by flirting with the Composer and seducing him into staying.

The resulting mish-mash of a performance veers back and forth between comedy and tragedy. Ariadne, who has been abandoned on an island by her faithless lover, Theseus, longs for death; Zerbinetta and her friends, who evidently inhabit this deserted island, attempt to cheer her up. But she is inconsolable—at least until the young god Bacchus stops by. Bacchus and Ariadne slowly discover each other’s identity; they fall in love, and the magic of their love transforms them both. As they sing the conclusion of their opera, the same thing happens—in real life—to Zerbinetta and the Composer.

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Cast

Christiane Libor

Prima Donna/Ariadne

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos 

Hometown: Berlin, Germany 
Seattle Opera Debut: Leonore, Fidelio (’12) 
Recently: Isabella, Das Liebesverbot and Brünnhilde, Siegfried (Opernhaus Leipzig)

Last updated: January 2014

Christiane Libor

Prima Donna/Ariadne

May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Marcy Stonikas

Prima Donna/Ariadne

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Santuzza (Cav.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Lady, The Magic Flute (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw ('18); High Priestess, Aida ('18); Mother, Hansel and Gretel (’17); Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Tosca, Tosca (’15)
Recently: Mother, Hansel and Gretel (San Diego Opera); Chrysothemis, Elektra (Minnesota Opera); Tosca, Tosca (Arizona Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

 

Marcy Stonikas

Prima Donna/Ariadne

Moay 3 & 15

Sarah Coburn

Zerbinetta

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory


Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2001/02
Seattle Opera Debut: Adèle, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Marie, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (’11)
Recently: Concert (Tivoli Festival/ Copenhagen Philharmonic); Juliette, Roméo et Juliette (Tulsa Opera); Elijah (Handel and Haydn Society)
Upcoming: Konstanze, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio); Concert with Lawrence Brownlee (Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen Philharmonic)

Last updated: July 2016

Sarah Coburn

Zerbinetta

May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Rachele Gilmore

Zerbinetta

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recent: Sophie, Der Rosenkavalier (NCPA Beijing); Alice, Alice in Wonderland (Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Barbican); Gilda, Rigoletto (Opera Omaha)
Upcoming: Blondchen, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Festival Aix-en-Provence)

Last updated: April 2015

Rachele Gilmore

Zerbinetta

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3 & 15

Kate Lindsey

The Composer

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: The Muse/Nicklausse, Les contes d'Hoffmann
At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Amelia, Amelia (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (’11)
Recently: Nicklausse/Muse, Les contes d’Hoffmann; (Bayerische Staatsoper), Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne); Cenerentola, La Cenerentola (LA Opera) 
Upcoming: Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bayerische Staatsoper); Sesto, La clemenza di Tito (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Nicklausse/Muse, Les contes d’Hoffmann (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: May 2014

Kate Lindsey

The Composer

May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Sarah Larsen

The Composer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Lola, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2011/12, 2012/13
Seattle Opera Debut: Mercédès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); The Secretary, The Consul (’14); Maddalena, Rigoletto (’14)
Recently: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Mill City Summer Orchestra); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Virginia Opera); Jan, Everest (Calgary Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

Sarah Larsen

The Composer

May 3 & 15

Issachah Savage

Tenor/Bacchus

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
First Prize winner of Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition
Seattle Opera Debut: Tenor/Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently: Otello, Otello (Austin Opera); Tenor Soloist, Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Tenor Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Utah Symphony)
Upcoming: Tenor/Bacchus, Ariadne à Naxos (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Siegmund, Die Walküre (Opéra National de Bordeaux); Messenger, Aida (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: November 2018

Issachah Savage

Tenor/Bacchus

May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Jeffrey Hartman

Tenor/Bacchus

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Tenor/Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos

Seattle Opera Debut
Hometown: Anderson, Indiana
Recently:Duca di Mantova, Rigoletto (Musica Viva Hong Kong); Turridu, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Canio, Pagliacci (Compania Lirica Nacional ,Costa Rica, and Musica Viva Hong Kong)

Last updated: February 2015

Jeffrey Hartman

Tenor/Bacchus

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3 & 15

Andrew Garland

Harlekin

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Harlekin, Ariadne auf Naxos

Hometown: Kingston, MA
Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
Seattle Opera Debut: Riolobo, Florencia en el Amazonas (’05)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Schaunard, La bohème (’13)
Recent: Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro (Dayton Opera); Young Galileo, Galileo Galilei (Cincinnati Opera) 
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Mercury, La Calisto (Cincinnati Opera) 

Last updated: January 2014

Andrew Garland

Harlekin

May 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16

Patrick Carfizzi

Music Teacher/Truffaldino

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Frank, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Music Master/Truffaldino, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Magnifico, La Cenerentola (’13); Ping, Turandot (’12)
Recently: Sprecher, The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera); Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Minnesota Opera); Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Kansas City).
Upcoming: Brander, The Damnation of Faust (The Metropolitan Opera); Il Sagrestano, Tosca (The Metropolitan Opera); Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (San Diego Opera).

Last updated: December 2019

Patrick Carfizzi

Music Teacher/Truffaldino

May 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16

Doug Jones

Dancing Master

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: Borsa, Rigoletto

Hometown: Independence, MO
Seattle Opera Debut: Shepherd/Sailor, Tristan und Isolde (’98)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Goro, Madama Butterfly (’12); Monostatos, Die Zauberflöte (’11); Dr. Caius, Falstaff (’10)
Recently: Pong, Turandot; Young Servant, Elektra (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Monostatos, Die Zauberflöte (Kansas City Lyric Opera)
Upcoming: Major Domo, Innkeeper, Der Rosenkavalier (National Symphony); Harlekin, Kaiser von Atlantis and Banquo, Macbeth (Chicago Opera Theater)


Last Updated: January 2014

Doug Jones

Dancing Master

May 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16

Joshua Kohl

Brighella

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Bill, Flight

Hometown: Fargo, ND
Seattle Opera Debut:
Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kudrjas, Katya Kabanova ('17)
Recently: Rodolfo, La bohème (Theater Freiburg); Fenton, Falstaff (Theater Freiburg); Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Theater Freiburg)
Upcoming: Soloist, Das Lied von der Erde (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg); Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly (Theater Freiburg); Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg)

Last updated: January 2020

Joshua Kohl

Brighella

Seattle Opera Debut
May 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16

Eric Neuville

Scaramuccio

Hometown: Waupaca, WI

Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: First Priest, The Magic Flute (’17); Testo, The Combat (’17); Gastone, La traviata (’17) 
Recently: Young Thompson, Glory Denied (Nashville Opera); Pedrillo, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Madison Opera); John Kipling, A Kipling Passion (Choral Arts NW) 
Upcoming: Bernstein’s Mass (Austin Symphony); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Portland Chamber Orchestra); Considering Matthew Shepard (Conspirare) 

 

Last updated: May 2018

Eric Neuville

Scaramuccio

May 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16

Amanda Opuszynski

Naiad

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Papagena, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Manchester, CT
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Frasquita, Carmen (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel</