Composed by Richard Strauss, Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal based on Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Molière and the greek myth of Ariadna and Bacchus. Opera in 2 parts. Ariadne auf Naxos was the third collaboration by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, written directly after the great success of Der Rosenkavalier. Originally planned as a “divertissement with a small chamber orchestra”, the project expanded into a grand venture combining opera, drama and ballet.
Running Time: 195 Minutes
“A typhoon of passion: frenetic applause for ‘Carmen’ in Zurich” — Der Standard
With this festival performance from the Zurich Opera, the great Vesselina Kasarova makes her long-awaited debut in one of the greatest mezzo roles in the operatic repertoire: Carmen.
Running Time: 130 Minutes
A man of a subtle theatrical spirit, Puccini portrayed brilliantly the fragility of a geisha in love who naively believed the dashing North American marine official also loved her. The musical score evokes agreeably harmonized traditional Japanese melodies. Stage dirctor Mario Gas places the story in a 1930s film studio. He narrates this moving drama from three simultaneous perspectives: the opera itself, the film being made of the opera, and its projection in black and white on a large screen.
Ermonela Jaho ,
Running Time: 145 Minutes