Posts in category Ariadne

Richard Strauss Biography

Property of Arizona Opera. Printed with permission. Photos courtesy Richard Strauss 1865-1949 His artistic education was strictly conservative, his well-mannered, well-heeled appearance that of a stolid investment banker, yet his music shocked the world. Richard Strauss stirred controversy with iconoclastic symphonic works that inspired avid debate throughout contemporary music circles, as well as with […]

Historical and Literary Background

Material of Virginia Opera. Printed with permission. Historical and Literary Background Ariadne in Mythology Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae of Crete. Minos ordered a maze called the Cretan Labyrinth erected, at the center of which dwelt Minotaur, a creature half-man and half-bull. The monster was appeased with periodic sacrifices of […]

Ariadne Auf Naxos Synopsis

¬†PROLOGUE At the home of the richest man in Vienna, the Major-domo is overseeing a grand evening of music, food and fireworks. A Music Master, on behalf of the Composer, is complaining that their opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, is to be followed by a vulgar comedy. The directors and performers of the opera and the […]