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Richard Strauss
Iván Fischer
Budapest Festival Orchestra

Le bourgeois gentilhomme / Ariadne auf Naxos

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Duration 3h with intervals
Opera

Synopsis

"Excellent princess, and who wouldn't understand.

That the pain of such rare and illustrious characters

With other yardstick should be measured

Than that of ordinary mortals. But

we are not here women among us, it does not beat

In each chest a mysterious, mysterious heart?"

Ariadne is the princess of Crete, seduced and abandoned from Theseus on the island of Naxos. Zerbinetta is a cheerful "common mortal," intent on the game of loves that surrounds her. The one locked in sorrow, the other radiant in joy. The one an emblem of fidelity, the other of lightness.

They are the heroines of two entire traditions, two souls of theater: one born to surprise and amuse, the other to plumb the depths of man.

The distance separating them is not enough to to curb the whim of the aristocratic Viennese landlord who, in the prologue of Strauss'opera , decides that the two scheduled performances will be staged at the same time, on pain of missing the inevitable fireworks to midnight. And it is here that we discover - Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal first, and we to follow - that the boundaries between drama and comedy are much less rigid than we expected. Greek myth is shot through with the hilarious energy of commedia dell'arte. On the island of Naxos, Harlequin, Brighella and their entire arsenal of pranks land, leaving the nymphs astonished at their oh-so-refreshing presence.

Iván Fischer adds a mirror to the invented play from Strauss and von Hofmannsthal. Joined in directing by commedia dell'arte expert Chiara D'Anna, Fischer creates a new staging that begins like a concert: the Budapest Festival Orchestra plays Suite from Le bourgeois gentilhomme, which Strauss considered his favorite music, despite being forced to to exclude it from the first version of Ariadne auf Naxos. Soon comic actors enter the stage. The stage is no longer the floor on which the orchestra professors rest their feet; it is the magical place that awaits the unfolding of a story. It is then that the singers can enter.

Music, tragedy and comedy fade into each other, we are no longer sure we can to discern their contours.

Credits

Program

Budapest Festival Orchestra

director Iván Fischer

directed by Iván Fischer, Chiara D'Anna

MUSIC

Richard Strauss

Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Suite

Ariadne auf Naxos

libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal

CHARACTERS AND PERFORMERS

Bacchus Andrew Staples

Zerbinetta Anna Lena Elbert

Ariadne Emily Magee

Harlequin Gurgen Baveyan

Scaramuccio Stuart Patterson

Swindler David Noyola

Brighella Juande Dies de Mateos

The Naiad Samantha Gaul

The Dryad Olivia Vermeulen

Eco Mirella Hagen

INFORMATION

Performance in German with Italian surtitles

Please be advised that dates and times may be subject to change.

See www.festivaldispoleto.com for updates.

Dates & Tickets

Tickets: premiere from 25 € to 100 € and replica from 20 € to 80 €
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28
Jun
2024
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Event Times
June 28
11:00
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14:15
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19:45
20:45
June 29
11:00
12:00
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19:45
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June 30
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:15
15:15
16:30
17:30
18:30
19:45
01 July
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:15
14:15
15:30
16:30
17:45
20:30
21:30
02 July
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:15
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18:30
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04 July
11:00
12:00
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20:45
05 July
11:00
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06 July
11:00
12:00
13:00
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19:45
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07 July
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:15
15:15
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19:45
20:45
08 July
10:00
11:00
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09 July
10:00
11:00
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Biographies

Iván Fischer

Conductor, composer, director d'opera, thinker and educator, Iván Fischer is considered one of the most visionary musicians of our time. His goal is always music and, to that end, he has developed several new concert formats and reformed the structure and working method of the symphony orchestra. to mid-1980s he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra and from then introduced and established numerous innovations. Fischer envisions an ensemble of musicians serving the community in various combinations and musical styles. His work as music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra has turned into one of the greatest musical success stories of the past 30 years. With international tours and a series of recordings for Philips Classics and Channel Classics, he has earned a reputation as one of the world's most celebrated conductors, for whom tradition and innovation go hand in hand. He has founded numerous festivals, including the Budapest Mahlerfest, the "Bridging Europe" festival and the Vicenza Opera Festival. The World Economic Forum gave him the Crystal Award for his achievements in promoting international cultural relations. He has been principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the Opéra National de Lyon and the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin, the latter of which named him Conductor Laureate. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra named him Honorary Guest Conductor after many decades of collaboration. He is a frequent guest conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Iván Fischer studied piano, violin and cello to Budapest before joining Hans Swarowsky's conducting class to Vienna. After spending two years as an assistant to Nikolaus Harnoncourt, he embarked on an international career as winner of the Rupert Foundation conducting competition to London. After several guest appearances in internationalopera theaters, he founded the Iván Fischer Opera Company. His stagings always aim at the fusion of music and theater. IFOC's productions, which often unite instrumentalists and singers in the space, have been received with great success in recent years to New York, Edinburgh, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Geneva and Budapest. Fischer has been active as a composer since 2004. His opera The Red Heifer has attracted great interest to internationally; hisopera for children The Gruffalo has had numerous revivals to Berlin; his most frequently performed opera , Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate, has been performed in several countries. Iván Fischer is an honorary citizen of Budapest, founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and supporter of the British Kodály Academy. The President of the Republic of Hungary awarded him the Gold Medal and the French government honored him as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was awarded the Hungarian Kossuth Prize, in 2011 the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awarde the Dutch Ovatie Prize, and in 2013 he was made an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer realized his dream when he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983 together to Zoltán Kocsis. Thanks to its innovative approach to music and the unstinting dedication of its musicians, the BFO has become the youngest ensemble to enter the top ten symphony orchestras in the world. In addition to to Budapest, the orchestra regularly performs at some of the most important concert venues on the international music scene and is also featured on international streaming platforms. Since its inception, the BFO has been awarded from "Gramophone," the prestigious British music magazine, three times: in 1998 and 2007, the magazine's jury awarded the BFO the prize for the best recording, while in 2022, thanks to public votes, it was named Orchestra of the Year. The BFO's most important achievements are related to Mahler: the recording of Symphony No. 1 was nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition to its recording successes and acclaimed tours, the BFO has also become known to internationally through a series of particularly original concerts. The Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts, Surprise Concerts - also appreciated at the London Proms -, music marathons, youth-oriented Midnight Music performances, outdoor concerts to Budapest, free Community Weeks, and the Bridging Europe Festival, organized in cooperation with Müpa Budapest - are all unique events to their own way. Another unique feature of the Orchestra is that its members regularly sing during concerts. Each year the BFO, in cooperation with the Iván Fischer Opera Company, Müpa Budapest, the Vicenza Opera Festival and Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, stages an opera production. Performances have been invited to New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie; in 2013, The Marriage of Figaro topped New York Magazine's ranking of the year's best classical music events. The Vicenza Opera Festival, founded from Iván Fischer, debuted in fall 2018 at the Teatro Olimpico.

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