Jeunesse / Wiener Konzerthaus
17, 19*, 21, 25*, 27 July at 7.30pm
*Concession prices are available on these selected dates.
A co-production with Scottish Opera
Blue £76, Red £70, Green £59, Yellow £50, Pink £20
The wealthiest man in Vienna is holding the party to end all parties. Two contrasting entertainments have been scheduled: a tragic opera by a young composer with high ideals, and a burlesque comedy. Now dinner has overrun, the diva is in a temper, the fireworks are about to begin, and, to everybody’s horror, both groups must perform at the same time.
Strauss’s backstage comedy of pretension and pragmatism sees the worlds of art and entertainment collide in a score rich with opulent melodies, witty ensembles and coloratura high jinks, as the comedienne, Zerbinetta, and her sidekicks interrupt the composer’s opera and introduce the tragic heroine Ariadne to a new beau, Bacchus.
At the heart of Strauss’s tour de force – the first opera of his to be performed at OHP – is a battle between high and low art, and the message that, with a little help from unexpected sources, even the most broken of hearts can sometimes be mended.
Cast and Creatives
Conductor : Brad Cohen
Director : Antony McDonald
Designer : Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer : Wolfgang Göbbel
Choreographer : Lucy Burge
The Prima Donna/Ariadne : Mardi Byers
The Tenor/Bacchus : Kor-Jan Dusseljee
Zerbinetta : Jennifer France
Arlecchino : Alex Otterburn
Scaramuccio : Daniel Norman
Truffaldino : John Molloy
Brighella : Elgan Llŷr Thomas
The Major Domo : Eleanor Bron
The Music Teacher : Stephen Gadd
The Composer : Emily Edmonds
The Dancing Master : Jamie MacDougall
A Wigmaker : Thomas Humphreys
A Lackey : Trevor Bowes
An Officer : Oliver Brignall
Naiad : Elizabeth Cragg
Dryad : Laura Zigmantaite
Echo : Lucy Hall