The Voice of Ariadne
Composer: Thea Musgrave
Librettist: Amalia Elguera
Other Artistic Personnel: Thea Musgrave (conductor)
Colin Graham (director)
Work Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com/Default.aspx?TabId=2432&State_3041=2&workId_3041=11664
Premiere Date: June 11, 1974
Producing Company: English Opera Group
Aldeburgh Festival
Description: Count Marco Valerio and his recently married American wife invite a group of friends to witness the excavation of an antique statue on the grounds of their villa in Rome. But instead of a complete statue only a single broken-off hand and a pedestal are revealed – the pedestal carries an inscription in Greek to Ariadne. When the Count’s excitement at the prospect of the discovery yields to disappointment and depression, he thinks he hears a voice addressing him as Theseus, urging him to return to Ariadne whom, in the legend, he abandoned on the island of Naxos. The Count’s forsaken wife identifies with Ariadne and gives up her claim on her husband. Her own self-sacrifice enables him to emerge from his delusions.
Character List (Major): Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Contralto, 2 Tenors, Baritone, Bass baritone, Bass
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: fl (pic), ob (ca), cl (bcl), bsn (cbsn) - hrn - perc - pf (org), hp - str: vln1, vln2, vla, vc, db + tp
alt.: fl (pic), ob (ca), cl (bcl), bsn (cbsn) - hrn - perc - pf (org), hp - sm str orch: 7 vln1, 5 vln2, 4 vla, 3 vc, 2 db
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