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Ariadne on Naxos 1982Dresden State Opera

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The 1982 Edinburgh Festival had an Italian theme, though the opera programme did not follow this slavishly. Scottish Opera at least performed Puccini, and Manon Lescaut had not been seen in Scotland since Carl Rosa days. The Dresden State Opera brought a Germanic Mozart work, Die Entführung, and a Strauss one, Ariadne auf Naxos, with its Italianate commedia link. Welsh National's contribution was Handel - the first Scottish performances of Tamerlano. This tied in very neatly with a second Handel masterpiece, Ariodante, that ended the Festival with a lovely production by the Piccola Scala from Milan, who also brought an early Rossini piece, La pietra del paragone.

Several of Strauss's operas received their premiere in Dresden, including Die Agyptische Helena and Arabella, which still await Scottish premieres. However the reopening of the excellent Festival Theatre was still a decade away, and given the limitations of the King's Theatre, Ariadne was the most obvious choice. Joachim Herz did several excellent productions in the UK - including Madam Butterfly in Wales, Salome at ENO, and Peter Grimes in Scotland. This Ariadne was hardly of their quality, but it was generally well sung, and in the case of the two tenors who took the notorious role of Bacchus, rather more than that.

Performance Cast

Music Master

Werner Haseleu


Gunter Emmerlich


Jürgen Commichau (Aug 23, 28)

Günter Dressler (Aug 25)


Rainer Zakowsky


Elisabeth Hornung (Aug 23, 28)

Ute Walther (Aug 25)

Tenor Bacchus in the opera

Klaus König (Aug 23)

Reiner Goldberg (Aug 25, 28)


Jürgen Hartfiel (Aug 23, 28)

Jürgen Commichau (Aug 25)

Zerbinetta a comedian

Jana Jonašova (Aug 23)

Ulrike Joannou (Aug 25, 28)

Prima Donna Ariadne in the opera

Ana Pusar

Dancing Master

Karl Friedrich Hölzke

Harlequin a comedian

Jürgen Freier (Aug 23, 28)

Jürgen Hartfiel (Aug 25)

Scaramuccio a comedian

Karl-Heinz Koch (Aug 23, 28)

Günter Neef (Aug 25)

Brighella a comedian

Milos Jezil (Aug 23, 28)

Peter Küchler (Aug 25)

Truffaldino a comedian

Günter Dressler (Aug 23, 28)

Rolf Wollrad (Aug 25)

Naiad a nymph

Helga Termer (Aug 23)

Andrea Ihle (Aug 25, 28)

Dryad a nymph

Elisabeth Wilke (Aug 23)

Ilse Ludwig (Aug 25, 28)

Echo a nymph

Gabriele Auenmüller (Aug 23)

Barbara Hoene (Aug 25, 28)

Performance DatesAriadne on Naxos 1982

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

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