• Details

    A funny, chaotic romp that pits high and low brow art against each other. Strauss’s lyrical music makes this a firm Festival favourite.

    Best availability in July.

    A story of chaos, hope and triumph

    A troupe of tragic actors and a gaggle of comedians arrive at a country estate to provide entertainment. In the midst of classic backstage chaos, the two troupes get some odd news: everything’s behind schedule so, to save time, both shows must be performed simultaneously.

    Though the idealistic young composer of the tragedy is devastated, the show(s) must go on. The lofty mythological tale of the lovelorn Ariadne is repeatedly disrupted by the music hall antics of the comedians and their flamboyant leader, Zerbinetta. Finally, a deus ex machina – quite literally – arrives to save the day.

    The late-Romantic Strauss opera exploring high and low art

    At the core of this energetic comedy is a thought-provoking dialogue about the eternal tensions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art, and the very purpose of art and music.

    Richard Strauss’s late-Romantic score blends rapturous lyricism, vocal virtuosity and catchy comic turns. Katharina Thoma’s imaginative production both raises the dramatic stakes and brings the drama close to home.

    Sung in German with English supertitles.

    Enhance your experience

    Insider talk
    Ariadne auf Naxos – casting and rehearsing an opera, Friday 14 July

    Pre-performance talk
    Join us for a bite-sized overview of the opera on Saturday 1 July

    Ariadne auf Naxos is generously supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Cornelius Meister
    Director Katharina Thoma
    Set Designer Julia Müer
    Costume Designer Irina Bartels
    Lighting Designer Olaf Winter

    Cast includes

    Ariadne Lise Davidsen
    Composer Angela Brower / Hanna Hipp (19, 23, 27 July)
    Zerbinetta Erin Morley
    Bacchus AJ Glueckert
    Music Master Thomas Allen
    Dancing Master Michael Laurenz
    Scaramuccio François Piolino
    Harlequin Björn Bürger
    Brighella Manuel Günther
    Truffaldino Daniel Miroslaw

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Publishers Ltd.

  • Dates and times


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sun 25 June 4.45pm 5.35pm 8.25pm 3
    Wed 28 June 6.00pm 6.50pm 9.30pm 4


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sat 1 July 6.00pm 6.50pm 9.30pm 3
    Tue 4 July 5.00pm 5.50pm 8.40pm 4
    Fri 7 July 6.00pm 6.50pm 9.30pm 3
    Sun 9 July 4.45pm 5.35pm 8.25pm 3
    Fri 14 July 6.00pm 6.40pm 9.30pm 3
    Sun 16 July 4.45pm 5.35pm 8.25pm 3
    Wed 19 July 6.00pm 6.40pm 9.30pm 4
    Sun 23 July 4.45pm 5.35pm 8.25pm 3
    Thu 27 July 6.00pm 6.40pm 9.30pm 4