Ariadne auf Naxos — at the Opera Holland Park

Holland Park Opera, In the middle of Holland Park (entrance via Ilchester Place Gate or Abbotsbury Road Car Park), London51.502655 -0.203377
Dates & Time:
, 19th, 21st, 25th and
Tickets & Cost:
£20 to £76
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Ariadne Auf Naxos

Director: Antony McDonald; Conductor: Brad Cohen; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Mardi Byers, Kor-Jan Dusseljee, Jennifer France, Alex Otterburn, Daniel Norman, John Molloy, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Eleanor Bron, Stephen Gadd, Julia Sporsen, Jamie MacDougall, Elizabeth Cragg, Laura Zigmantaite, Lucy Hall, Thomas Humphreys, Trevor Bowes, Oliver Brignall; Composer: Richard Strauss

Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.

It tells the story of a rich patron's brilliant idea... dinner has overrun and he doesn't want to delay the fireworks, so he suggests performing all of the after-dinner entertainment at the same time, combining a tragic opera with a romantic comedy farce -- much to the consternation of the composer and cast.

The result is a richly textured work that examines the role of art in society, and contrasts true love with cheerful promiscuity.

Note: The Holland Park Theatre is basically just a big white canopy in the middle of Holland Park, using Holland House as its backdrop. Some of the sides are open to the air (with the canopy acting as a roof), so you might want to wrap up warm. There are some picnic areas and refreshment areas dotted around the site which you can use during the interval and before it starts.


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