Date: 30/06/2014 - 16/07/2014
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
[quote_box_center]Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose performs Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos opera for The Royal Opera during the 2013/14 Season.[/quote_box_center]
Wednesday 25 Jun 2014
30 June, 3, 10, 13 July
7.30 pm at Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
- Tickets: £25 – £125
Ariadne auf Naxos playfully combines two very different art forms: tragic opera and romantic farce. The result is a richly textured work that examines the role of art in society, and contrasts true love with cheerful promiscuity. Richard Strauss originally conceived Ariadne auf Naxos as part of a large-scale arrangement of Molière’s play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. After initial performances in 1912, he abandoned the material from Molière and wrote a new operatic Prologue. The second version of Ariadne auf Naxos had its premiere in 1916.
Christof Loy’s eye-catching production draws on an eclectic range of styles, from 18th-century elegance to 1980s grunge, reflecting the richness of Strauss’s score. The opera is filled with passion and colour, from the intense lyricism of the Composer’s paean to music and the richly scored love duet for Ariadne and Bacchus, to Zerbinetta’s show-stopping aria ‘Großmächtige Prinzessin’. Other highlights include Ariadne’s lyrical arias and the robust, folk-like ensembles for Zerbinetta’s comedy troupe.
Born in Bucharest to a family of musicians, Ruxandra Donose fell in love with opera after hearing La traviata. She initially trained as a concert pianist, only switching to voice in her late teens. She studied in Bucharest and joined the Vienna State Opera in 1992. For Vienna State Opera she has sung roles including Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte) Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), the title role in Carmen, Nicklausse and Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová).
She has also sung for companies including English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Paris Opéra, in repertory ranging from the title role in Vivaldi’sFarnace to the Composer and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).