Serious opera and slapstick comedy collide … but the shows must go on!

In this fun and ingenious story of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, a mysterious mogul has commissioned an evening of exotic entertainment for an exclusive dinner party: a dramatic opera based on the myth of Ariadne, plus a comical troupe of clowns. But plans for the evening are derailed and both entertainments must be presented simultaneously! Divas collide and lowbrow comedy meets high art in this new, made-for-Cleveland production. A world-renowned cast led by the remarkable American soprano Tamara Wilson joins Franz and The Cleveland Orchestra in a side-splitting collision of music and laughter for three fully-staged performances.


The Cleveland Orchestra | Severance Hall 
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

in a new made-for-Cleveland production
Frederic Wake-Walker (Direction)
Alexander V. Nichols (Lighting, Projection and Set design)
Dominic Robertson & Lottie Bowater (Collage, Animation and Video Content design)
Jason Southgate (Costume design)
Mallory Pace (Hair and Makeup design)
Rosabel Huguet (Director Assistant)

Tamara Wilson, soprano (Ariadne/Diva)
Andreas Schager, tenor (Bacchus/Tenor)
Daniela Fally, soprano (Zerbinetta)
Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano (Composer)
Wolfgang Brendel, speaking role (Major-Domo)

and with
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, baritone (Music Master)
Jonas Hacker, tenor (Dance Master)
Julie Mathevet, soprano (Naiad)
Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano (Dryad)
Ying Fang, soprano (Echo)
Ludwig Mittelhammer, baritone (Harlequin)
James Kryshak, tenor (Scaramuccio)
Anthony Schneider, bass (Trufffaldino)
Miles Mykkanen, tenor (Brighella)

Shows at the Severance Hall on January 13th, 17th & 19th, 2019



Photos by Roger Mastroianni