MET: Ariadne auf Naxos


MLT Sat, Mar 12, 2022 12:55 PM
MLT Sat, Jun 11, 2022 12:55 PM
MLT Sat, Jun 18, 2022 12:55 PM


Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.

Wolfgang Brendel will perform the role of Major-Domo in all performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos this season, replacing Thomas Allen. 

German baritone Wolfgang Brendel, who retired from the operatic stage in 2014, has sung nearly 100 performances at the Met since his company debut in 1975 as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. His other Met roles have included Mandryka in Strauss’s Arabella, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, the Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Eisenstein and Dr. Falke in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Count in Strauss’s Capriccio, the Music Master in Ariadne aux Naxos, Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal, Barak in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Altair in Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he has performed on all the major stages throughout the world, including those of Bayreuth, Berlin, Barcelona, Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, and Vienna, as well as at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals, among many others

Marek Janowski (Conductor); Lise Davidsen (Ariadne), Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta), Isabel Leonard (Composer), Brandon Jovanovich (Bacchus), Sean Michael Plumb (Harlequin), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Music Master), Thomas Allen (Major-Domo)