Programme Details

[Cancelled] Bayerische Staatsoper
Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Robert Carsen


Due to postponement of class resumption, the Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival announces that all performances of this production will be cancelled.
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A grand and richly-textured opera-within-an-opera performed by an all-star cast



“A knock-out Ariadne auf Naxos...There are rare times when a critic can just enjoy and say, ‘Wow!’” Opera Today
“Exuberant production” Financial Times
“Triumph in virtually every respect” Opera News
“A characteristically stylish, modern-dress affair” The Sunday Times

The Munich cultural icon Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) marks a glorious return to the HKAF with the Hong Kong premiere of Richard Strauss’s most playful and inventive tragicomedy, Ariadne auf Naxos—an opera about fidelity to love and art.

Can a tragic opera on the mythical goddess Ariadne’s unrequited love share the stage with a comic intermezzo on Zerbinetta and her lovers? It can—if the patron requests it! In a backstage world that mirrors the lives of Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ariadne auf Naxos is an enticing mash-up of high art and comedy, where grand passions and romantic ideals collide to create unexpected outcomes and splendid melodies.

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and Grammy-winning Heldentenor Peter Seiffert—both regular guests of prestigious opera houses worldwide—shine in a Wagnerian duet by Ariadne and Bacchus, while Zerbinetta’s extravagant aria is brilliantly rendered by celebrated coloratura soprano Erin Morley. With the accompaniment of the distinguished Bayerisches Staatsorchester under the baton of Asher Fisch, this stellar cast brings Hong Kong a true taste of the Bayerische Staatsoper experience.

The 21 Feb performance is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series

Approx 2 hrs 15 mins with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in German, with Chinese and English surtitles
This production contains smoking scenes, smoke and strong light effects



Hugo von Hofmannsthal 

Asher Fisch 

Robert Carsen 

Set Designer
Peter Pabst

Ariadne / Primadonna
Eva-Maria Westbroek

Bacchus / Tenor
Peter Seiffert

Music Master
Martin Gantner

Erin Morley

Sean Michael Plumb

Samantha Hankey

With Bayerisches Staatsorchester


Photo credit

Corrado Maria Falsini
Wilfried Hösl



    20 / 2 / 2020  14:30



    Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre