»Insights from the cabinets of the Historical Archive« – the auspicious subtitle of the now firmly established series »Aktenzeichen« in which our experts offer exciting insights into historical pictorial material, programmes, correspondence, press reports and anecdotes from the archives of the State Opera and the State Theatre. This season the focus is on Arnold Schönberg’s »Moses and Aaron« as well as Richard Strauss’s »Ariadne auf Naxos«, two operas whose performance history in Dresden could not be more different.
In 1975 the GDR premiere of Schönberg’s opera fragment, long regarded as unperformable, was the subject of much controversy. The original production file from the archive provides thrilling details about the stage design and interpretation as well as how the producers were able to successfully overcome reservations regarding the opera’s Old Testament background.
The history of Strauss’s classic »Ariadne auf Naxos« is less troubled: Written by the well-oiled creative team of Strauss/Hofmannsthal, the Dresden premiere in 1912 under conductor Ernst von Schuch was followed by eight subsequent productions at the Semperoper. Yet the first version, designed as an opera within a play, was anything but a success. The extensive archive material on these various »Ariadne« productions offers a revealing picture of the history and reception of this work in Dresden.
Purchase your tickets exclusively from the daytime box office in the Schinkelwache.
(entrance via Malergäßchen)