Ariadne auf Naxos: Cast and Creative Team

Music by Richard Strauss

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

World premiere at the Vienna State Opera, October 4, 1916


Celebrated rising star Amber Wagner will sing the role of Ariadne.

“…a voice that reminded me of Jessye Norman in her prime.” 

Chicago Tribune

“When Amber Wagner sings, her voice pours out big, beautiful arcs of sound, making the operas of Wagner, Verdi and Richard Strauss seem like a natural fit for her.” 

Opera News


Creative Team

Alan E. Hicks
Stage Director

Cynthia Savage
Costume Designer

Robert Wierzel
Original Lighting Designer

Connie Yun
Lighting Recreation


Amber Wagner
The Prima Donna/Ariadne

Brian Jagde
The Tenor/Bacchus

Erin Morley
(Sept. 26; Oct. 1, 3)
Hanna Hipp
The Composer

Dale Travis
The Music Master

Andrew Lovato

David Walton

Brad Benoit
The Dancing Master/ Scaramuccio

David Radamés Toro
The Major-Domo

Jeni Houser
(Zerbinetta, Oct. 4)
Linh Kauffman
(Oct. 4)