Ariadne Auf Naxos

Opera

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1916
Genres
Comedy, Parody, Romance
Time & Place
vienna/beaches of naxos
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Musical Staging
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

A play within a play, Ariadne auf Naxos opens backstage before a performance for the wealthiest man in Vienna. Two troupes will perform; one a classical opera by a new composer, the other an Italian buffo commedia dell’arte troupe. At the last minute, they are told the performances will happen simultaneously, and the performers scramble to attempt to fit the two completely opposite performances together. Comedically intertwined, the two performance styles are intertwined, as we watch the actors fight for the limelight.

Lead Characters