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Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos


Tix start at
Doors Open
90 min before the show
Inside the Opera
Free pre-show talk
Running Time
2.5 hours
The Barns
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22812
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

Read Synopsis

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in German with projected English translations

Music Master - Joshua Conyers
Major-Domo - Conor McDonald
Lackey - Jeremy Harr*
Officer - Bradley Bickhardt*
Composer - Lindsay Kate Brown
Tenor - Ian Koziara
Wigmaker - Blake Denson*
Zerbinetta - Alexandra Nowakowski
Prima Donna - Alexandria Shiner
Dancing Master - Ian McEuen

Najade - Meagan Rao*
Dryade - Anastasiia Sidorova*
Echo - Ashley Marie Robillard*
Ariadne - Alexandria Shiner
Harlekin - Michael Pandolfo*
Truffaldin - Ron Dukes*
Scaramuccio - Victor Cardamone*
Brighella - Seiyoung Kim*
Bacchus - Ian Koziara

*Studio Artist



Conductor- Emily Senturia
Director - Tara Faircloth
Scenic Designer - Laura Fine Hawkes
Costume Designer - Rooth Varland
Lighting Designer - Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer - Anne Nesmith


Cover Conductor - James Maverick
Musical Preparation - Nate Raskin, Thomas Morris, and James Maverick
German Coach - Thomas Lausmann
Assistant Director - Emily Cuk
Production Stage Manager - Jordan Braun
Assistant Stage Manager - Julie Marie Langevin
Supertitle Coordinator - Robert Bosworth

Make-Up Provided By M•A•C

YOUNG AT ARTS TICKETS Wolf Trap's Young at Arts initiative invites families and caregivers to introduce children (17 and under) to the arts by offering one free accompanying youth ticket for each adult ticket purchased for select performances.


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