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 English and German with projected lyrics
Performance Length: 2 hours, 35 minutes, including 1 intermission
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 comic actors. 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 at Cincinnati Opera for the first time in almost 60 years, our brand-new production moves the action to1950s Cincinnati in the home of inventor and entrepreneur Powel Crosley, Jr., complete with a colorful cast of characters inspired by recognizable figures. After starring in our 2015 world premiere Morning Star, soprano Twyla Robinson returns to the School for Creative and Performing Arts stage as the eponymous heroine, singing the dual role of Prima Donna/Ariadne. Soprano Liv Redpath brings her “youthful timbre and quicksilver bloom” (Parterre) to the role of Zerbinetta.

New production by Cincinnati Opera.


Cincinnati Business Courier
“Imaginatively staged...stunning costumes...filled with passion.” Read the review.

“Brilliant, accessible, and wonderfully funny.” Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
“Superbly funny and gorgeously sung.” Read the review.

Ariadne Explained




Costumes by Ryan Park

Cast & Creative Team

Prima Donna/Ariadne  Twyla Robinson
Tenor/Baccus  Kyle van Schoonhoven
Zerbinetta  Liv Redpath
Composer  Olivia Vote
Music Teacher  Morgan Smith
Dancing Master/Scaramuccio  David Walton
Harlekin  Luis Alejandro Orozco
Officer/Brighella  Jason Vest
Lackey/Truffaldin  James Eder
Najade  Alexandra Schoeny
Dryade  Ellen Graham
Echo  Melissa Harvey
Major-Domo  Thomas Hammons
Wig Maker  Zane Hill

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

Meet the Composer

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss was born in Munich on June 11, 1864, the son of Franz Strauss, first horn in the court orchestra there. He had his first piano lessons at the age of four and began violin studies four years after that; another invaluable part of his apprenticeship was being able to sit in on the rehearsals of the orchestra in which his father played.

Learn More

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.