Celebrating 100 years since this sparkling gem of the Richard Strauss operatic repertoire was premiered, OperaBox presents the WA Premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos with orchestra.
A clever combination of comedy and tragic opera, Ariadne auf Naxos that tells a story of the competition between high art and popular art. Artists on each side fight for their work in a hilarious prologue and we ultimately enjoy the beauty of both as they are performed simultaneously in an ‘opera within the opera’.
This exciting new production is created by award-winning theatre director Kathryn Osborne, "one of our best young theatre directors" (The West Australian) and leading the cast and orchestra in full orchestration is the magnetic Christopher Dragon, currently Associate Conductor at Colorado Symphony Orchestra (USA), and former Assistant Conductor at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).
2015 Herald Sun Aria Winner, Melbourne-based soprano Fiona Jopson will make her role debut and WA debut in the title role of Ariadne and Prima Donna. One of Australasia’s most outstanding and popular tenors Henry Choo, will return to the role of Bacchus after his critically acclaimed debut earlier this year in Melbourne. Also featuring some of Perth’s best operatic talent in their role debuts including Jenna Robertson as Zerbinetta, Eva-Marie Middleton as The Composer, Michael Heap as The Music Master, Kristin Bowtell, Simon Wood, Charles Bogle, Ry Charleson, Christina The, Alexandra Bak, Belinda Cox and Nick Maclaine in the speaking role of The Major-Domo.
This year, in addition to the fully-staged season at Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park, WA, we return to Darlington Hall with our full Strauss orchestra for a concert performance of the opera.
With this dynamic and incredibly talented team and rare opportunity to hear such a great operatic piece, you'd be crazy to miss it! The opera will be performed in German with English surtitles.
9, 11 and 16 September 2016, 7.30pm
Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, WA
13 September 2016, 7.30pm
Concert Performance at Darlington Hall, Darlington WA
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