Ariadne auf Naxos, by R. Strauss
From 20 June to 22 June 2024

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    Let’s face it, Venice is an archipelago of islands. Of course, you can stroll along the Grand Canal and jewels such as the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute or the Punta della Dogana, which now houses the superb collection of contemporary art of the Pinault Foundation. But why not set sail for the surrounding islands? All of them have their own identity and originality.


    Famous for its art of glassmaking, Murano stands out for its wonderful, colorful houses. Burano and Torcello are little-known excursions, while the Lido unfolds its beautiful sandy beach with extraordinary elegance.


    At the Teatro della Fenice you will also embark on a magnificent musical journey as the Venetian institution presents Richard Strauss’ marvellous Ariadne auf Naxos in a new production. This opera, masterfully conducted by the German composer with music and the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal with the libretto, mixes theatre and music, myth and reality in a virtuoso way for a fascinating reflection on artistic creation. In short, the music of a desert island, offered here in a remarkable staging by the British Paul Curran.

    At La Fenice, you will embark on a magnificent musical journey!
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    Ariadne auf Naxos, by R. Strauss
    June 21, 2024
    Friday 21 of june - Venice

    At 7 p.m., at Teatro La Fenice:


    ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, by R. Strauss


    Orchestra and chorus of Teatro La Fenice

    Markus Stenz: Conductor

    Paul Curran: Director

    Sara Jakubiak: Primadonna / Ariane

    John Matthew Myers: The Tenor / Bacchus

    Olga Pudova: Zerbinetta

    Markus Werba: A Master of Music

    Paolo Antognetti:  Officer

    Anna Lucia Richter: The Composer


    Sometimes, two geniuses have to put their work back on the drawing board… After the triumphs of Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal imagined a small opera based on Molière’s The Bourgeois Gentleman. Their attempt to blend theatre and song met with mixed success, but this was without counting a second attempt in 1912 to create a great work that would blend new and old, sacred and profane, myth and reality with a virtuosity hitherto unknown.


    Ariadne auf Naxos is indeed one of the most original operas in the repertoire. The prologue, whose subject matter has lost none of its relevance, imagines a wealthy Viennese patron who decides to have a comedy and a tragedy performed at his home on the occasion of a gala. Thus, as time is running out, the serious drama (a rereading of Ariadne abandoned by Theseus on Naxos) and the farce drawn from the commedia dell’arte will be brought together during the same evening, in a fascinating mise en abyme of theatre within the theatre. Perhaps never has Strauss reached such musical heights as in this Ariadne of astonishing beauty.


    British director Paul Curran directs this mischievous masterpiece, accompanied by a troupe of experienced singers (including John Matthew Myers and Sara Jakubiak in the demanding roles of Bacchus and Ariadne). In the pit, the German Markus Stenz is a renowned interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss.

    Hotel selection

    A few canals from San Marco and La Fenice, the Nolinski Venezia stands out for its majestic façade adorned with chimeras, daughters of Poseidon. Here we enter into Venetian history through its former Bourse du Commerce. Art Nouveau, Stile Liberty and Modernism mingle in a harmony sublimated by the interior designers Le Coadic Scotto.

    SATURNIA (****)

    A stone’s throw from La Fenice and St. Mark’s Square, the Hotel Saturnia (****) is the ideal address for music lovers wishing to live an authentic experience in the heart of Venice. From the helpful and discreet staff to the gondoliers nearby, everything works together to make your stay unforgettable.


    Nolinski Venezia:

    Package in a classic double room: €2,070

    Package in a double room for single use: €3,520



    Package in a Superior double room: 880 €

    Package in a double room for single use: €1,264

    Junior Suite Package: 932 €

    Junior Suite Package for individual use: €1,404


    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 2 nights from 20 to 22 June 2024 • tourist tax • first category show ticket • repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: extras • transportation • airport transfers.


    Individual stay.

    Transport and airport transfers on request.


    Programme and prices are subject to change by La Fenice, or by government decision, due to possible health constraints


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    Sophie Chaudru de Raynal
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