Ensemble Mattiacis / DE
Die schöne und getreue Ariadne
Johann Georg Conradi (1645 – 1699)
Sinspiel in three acts
Sung in German.
Libretto: Christian Heinrich Postel
Premiere: 1691 in Hamburg
International May FestivalFoyer Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
Photo: Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Directed by Thomas de Vries, Ensemble Mattiacis delights the May Festival audience with a new early music production every year.
After being lost for several centuries, Johann Georg Conradi's "Die schöne und getreue Ariadne" (The Beautiful and Faithful Ariadne) was only rediscovered in the 20th century. Up until then, it was a mystery what this extremely successful opera might have sounded like, the melodies of which were like popular hits in 17th-century Hamburg. Johann Georg Conradi was already composing German operas here a generation before Handel and Telemann. Anyone hearing baroque opera in German for the first time might be surprised at how modern and effective the music is, especially when the libretto is also easy to follow.
The score of "Ariadne" delights with extraordinary beauty: virtuoso arias, love duets, energetic choruses, commedia dell'arte and mad scenes.
Ariadne Josefine GöhmannPhaedra Gabrielė JocaitėMinos Petro-Pavlo TkalenkoPasiphae Sharon KemptonTheseus Pedro MatosPamphilius Fabian KellyEvanthes & Bacchus Jean-Max LattemannChorquartett
, Ensemble Mattiacis