Press release

Revival of »Ariadne auf Naxos«

Szene aus der Oper »Ariadne auf Naxos«

Dresden, 1 February 2023. For a limited run, Richard Strauss’s opera »Ariadne auf Naxos« will return to the stage of Dresden’s opera house, an institution closely associated with the composer during his lifetime and which maintains this tradition to the current day. The staging by David Hermann is a co-production of the Semperoper Dresden, the Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, and the Opéra de Lausanne. The highly acclaimed Dresden premiere in 2018 was conducted by Christian Thielemann. 
Now this coloratura masterpiece, which interweaves opera seria and commedia dell’arte, can finally be enjoyed again in Dresden on 23 February as well as 15 & 26 March 2023. Unfortunately, the concert performance scheduled for 14 April 2023 has been cancelled.

The star-studded cast features Catherine Hunold in the title role, Sarah Aristidou as Zerbinetta, Angela Brower as the Composer and Gregory Kunde in his role debut as Bacchus. Also from 23 February 2023, actor Volker Muthmann will take to the Semperoper stage for the first time as the Major-Domo, a role he previously performed in Nancy in 2017. The music director of Leipzig Opera, Christoph Gedschold, will conduct the Staatskapelle Dresden for this revival, replacing Omer Meir Wellber. 

»Ariadne auf Naxos« by Richard Strauss 
Staging: David Hermann 
Cast includes Catherine Hunold, Sarah Aristidou, Angela Brower, Gregory Kunde, Christoph Pohl and Volker Muthmann. 
The Staatskapelle Dresden will be conducted by Christoph Gedschold.  

A co-production of the Semperoper Dresden, the Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, and the Opéra de Lausanne. 
Project Partners: Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen, Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen, LBBW

First performance at 7 pm on Thursday, 23 February 2023 
Additional performances at 8 pm on Wednesday, 15 March, and 3 pm on Sunday, 26 March 2023 

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Photo: »Ariadne auf Naxos« 2018 © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah