Ruth Leon recommends…Ariadne Auf Naxos – Scottish National Orchestra 

Ruth Leon recommends…Ariadne Auf Naxos – Scottish National Orchestra 

Ruth Leon recommends

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August 30, 2021

Ariadne Auf Naxos – Scottish National Orchestra 
Click here to register  – Free but requires booking

Digital performance available to watch online from 29 August at 7.30pm to 27 February

Lothar Koenigs conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a filmed concert performance of Richard Strauss’ comedy Ariadne auf Naxos.

It’s the party to end all parties. But two entertainments have been double-booked to mark the evening’s climax – a serious opera and a slapstick comedy. The star soprano is throwing a tantrum and the staff are hiding the chaos from the boss. There’s only one solution: perform both shows at the same time.

This is a brand new concert staging by brilliant young director Louisa Muller. Among the specially selected cast are revered German soprano Dorothea Röschmann as the opera’s wronged heroine, Thomas Quasthoff as the house’s major-domo and prize-winning Scottish singer Catriona Morison as the composer.

As an opera within an opera and as a sly commentary on the struggles between high culture and low entertainment, Strauss’s comic creation was far ahead of its time. Bursting with life, vigour and humour, it’s also an opera that shows you can rediscover love in even the most unexpected places.

Sung in German with optional closed captions in English.

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  • V. Lind says:

    What a palaver. I went through all the registration and it would seem I am booked for 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 27 or whatever the closing date is. Azziff I am going to remember that, or want to start watching an opera over 2 hours long at that time of night. And then among the confirmation emails is a note saying this is a watch on demand event, while also telling me they will email me tickets (ticket, actually, as it seemed you could only order one) closer to my event. What do I need an eticket for?

    I went through all this nonsense because I have great and happy memories of Scottish Opera, where I attended everything they did while I was in Scotland for a few months awaiting and then recovering from surgery (even Lulu, which did not interest me but held me sufficiently to stick it out). And because I have memories of my first Ariadne, attended with a grumpy boyfriend who would rather have gone to the one-night-only campus showing of Casablanca.

    I have emailed the EIF to ask where the link to actually watching this thing is, but their website is as user-unfriendly a anything I can remember.