Ariadne auf Naxos

July 6, 11 & 13, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
July 14, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.
School for Creative and Performing Arts

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Sung in German with projected translation
Rated PG


The show must go on!

A gentleman with more wealth than taste commissions two pieces of entertainment as an after-dinner treat for his guests: a tragic opera and a troupe of clowns. But as time grows short, the ensembles receive scandalous news—they must perform onstage simultaneously! Creative tempers flare, pandemonium ensues, and romance blossoms as the zany preamble to the evening’s performance miraculously leads to a transcendent, touching second act.

Richard Strauss’s lighthearted opera within an opera is a knowing wink at the world behind the curtain, combining humor with coloratura fireworks and opulent melodies. Presented for the first time in almost 60 years, Cincinnati Opera features a new production at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Soprano Twyla Robinson is the eponymous heroine, singing the dual role of Ariadne/Prima Donna, after previously starring as the matriarch Becky Felderman in our 2015 world premiere of Morning Star. Following his company debut in our 2016 production of Fidelio, Jun Märkl returns to conduct.


Cast & Creative Team

Ariadne/Prima Donna  Twyla Robinson
Baccus/Tenor  Kyle van Schoonhoven
Zerbinetta  Liv Redpath
Composer  Olivia Vote
Music Teacher  Morgan Smith
Harlekin  Luis Alejandro Orozco
Najade  Alexandra Schoeny
Dryade  Ellen Graham
Echo  Melissa Harvey
Major-Domo  Malcolm Sinclair

Conductor  Jun Märkl
Stage Director  Omer Ben Seadia
Scenic Designer Ryan Howell
Costume Designer Ryan Park
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer  James Geier


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Opera Insights
Enhance your Ariadne auf Naxos knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance at The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.