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Arianna

Arianna

(lost opera by Claudio Monteverdi)

in eight scenes

composed again by Alexander Goehr

libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini (1608)

English translation by Patrick Boyde


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: Italian • English
  • Order No.: LSL 1827-01

Description
It was surely an act of faith - if not of folly - for me to choose Rinuccini’s old Arianna libretto, when I could barely make out the meaning of the words. Yet I knew it was right for me, just as I would have known that Orfeo or Poppea or, for that matter, La Traviata or Lohengrin (had they been so unfortunate as to lose their music) would not be right. I also knew and this may seem almost perverse, that it was to be Arianna and not Ariadne – that is Italian and not English. Common sense led me to experiment with the possibility of an English version, for it would certainly have made things a lot easier; but in this case I knew that my attraction had as much to do with the sound as the meaning of the antique Italian [...]. My final score is deliberately patchy: some parts are highly worked, polyphonically and instrumentally; elsewhere the bare bones of the original are left to stand. The impression I aim to create is one of transparency: the listener should perceive, both in the successive and simultaneous dimensions of the score, the old beneath the new and the new arising from the old. We are to see a mythological and ancient action, interpreted by a 17th-century poet in a modern theatre. My hope, as expressed by Rinuccini’s Apollo in the (unset) prologue of Arianna, is that ‘it will come to pass that in these new songs you will admire the ancient glory of the Grecian stage’.

(Alexander Goehr, Royal Opera House programme, 1995)
Details
Auftragswerk : commissioned by the BBC
Opus: op. 58
Performance duration: 130' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 15. September 1995 London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden (UK) · Anna Maria Panzarella, Amore; Susan Graham, Arianna; Sheila Nadler, Venere/Dorilla; Axel Köhler, Bacco; J. Patrick Raftery, Teseo; Timothy Robinson, Soldato Primo/Pescatore; Christopher Ventris, Soldato Secondo/Pescatore; David Wilson-Johnson, Consigliero/Pescatore; Gidon Saks, Soldato/Percatore/Giove; Dan Long, Soldato/Pescatore · Dirigent: Ivor Bolton · Inszenierung: Francesca Zambello · Kostüme: Alison Chitty · Bühnenbild: Alison Chitty (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 1994 - 1995
instrumentation: fl(sopranino rec).afl(sopranino rec).2ssax(1.Bbcl,bcl,Ebcl,2.Bbcl,bcl).bcl(cbcl).bsn(cbsn)-2ttbn(1.atbn)-2perc(2baroque timp, glsp, xyl, vib [3 octaves], small jingle stick, tub bells, tri, ant cym, small cym, h.h, small gong, small tam-t, small tamb, tamb, ten d, 3tabors, cast, wdbl, rainstick)-solo gtr(amp).hp(doubling medieval hp)-sampler(AKAI S3200 or AKAI S1000)*-vn1.vn2.va

*samples, programmed by Paul Arditti, available on hire
occupation: Arianna · mezzo-soprano - Dorilla, Venere · alto - Amore · soprano - Bacco, Coro · male alto - Teseo, Coro · tenor - Nunzio 2, 1st Soldier, 1st Soldier of Bacco, Coro · tenor - 2nd Soldier, 2nd Soldier of Bacco, Messagiero, Coro · tenor (or baritone) - Consigliero, Coro · baritone - Nunzio 1, Giove, Coro · bass
Performances
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-25 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-19 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-16 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-13 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-10 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-07 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis | national Premiere
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-05 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Concert Hall, West Road
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-04 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Concert Hall, West Road
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Senate House, University of Cambridge
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-19 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-17 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-16 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-14 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-07-21 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof | national Premiere
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-10-04 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-28 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-23 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-18 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Goehr · Arianna (lost opera by Monteverdi in eight scenes), Scene 6, Ahi, che non pur risponde! · sound clip
It was surely an act of faith - if not of folly - for me to choose Rinuccini’s old Arianna libretto, when I could barely make out the meaning of the words. Yet I knew it was right for me, just as I would have known that Orfeo or Poppea or, for that matter, La Traviata or Lohengrin (had they been so unfortunate as to lose their music) would not be right. I also knew and this may seem almost perverse, that it was to be Arianna and not Ariadne – that is Italian and not English. Common sense led me to experiment with the possibility of an English version, for it would certainly have made things a lot easier; but in this case I knew that my attraction had as much to do with the sound as the meaning of the antique Italian [...]. My final score is deliberately patchy: some parts are highly worked, polyphonically and instrumentally; elsewhere the bare bones of the original are left to stand. The impression I aim to create is one of transparency: the listener should perceive, both in the successive and simultaneous dimensions of the score, the old beneath the new and the new arising from the old. We are to see a mythological and ancient action, interpreted by a 17th-century poet in a modern theatre. My hope, as expressed by Rinuccini’s Apollo in the (unset) prologue of Arianna, is that ‘it will come to pass that in these new songs you will admire the ancient glory of the Grecian stage’.

(Alexander Goehr, Royal Opera House programme, 1995)
Auftragswerk : commissioned by the BBC
Opus: op. 58
Performance duration: 130' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 15. September 1995 London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden (UK) · Anna Maria Panzarella, Amore; Susan Graham, Arianna; Sheila Nadler, Venere/Dorilla; Axel Köhler, Bacco; J. Patrick Raftery, Teseo; Timothy Robinson, Soldato Primo/Pescatore; Christopher Ventris, Soldato Secondo/Pescatore; David Wilson-Johnson, Consigliero/Pescatore; Gidon Saks, Soldato/Percatore/Giove; Dan Long, Soldato/Pescatore · Dirigent: Ivor Bolton · Inszenierung: Francesca Zambello · Kostüme: Alison Chitty · Bühnenbild: Alison Chitty (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 1994 - 1995
instrumentation: fl(sopranino rec).afl(sopranino rec).2ssax(1.Bbcl,bcl,Ebcl,2.Bbcl,bcl).bcl(cbcl).bsn(cbsn)-2ttbn(1.atbn)-2perc(2baroque timp, glsp, xyl, vib [3 octaves], small jingle stick, tub bells, tri, ant cym, small cym, h.h, small gong, small tam-t, small tamb, tamb, ten d, 3tabors, cast, wdbl, rainstick)-solo gtr(amp).hp(doubling medieval hp)-sampler(AKAI S3200 or AKAI S1000)*-vn1.vn2.va

*samples, programmed by Paul Arditti, available on hire
occupation: Arianna · mezzo-soprano - Dorilla, Venere · alto - Amore · soprano - Bacco, Coro · male alto - Teseo, Coro · tenor - Nunzio 2, 1st Soldier, 1st Soldier of Bacco, Coro · tenor - 2nd Soldier, 2nd Soldier of Bacco, Messagiero, Coro · tenor (or baritone) - Consigliero, Coro · baritone - Nunzio 1, Giove, Coro · bass
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-25 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-19 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-16 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-13 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-10 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
1998-06-07 | St. Louis (United States of America), Opera Theater of St. Louis | national Premiere
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-05 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Concert Hall, West Road
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-04 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Concert Hall, West Road
Conductor: William Lacey
1996-10-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Senate House, University of Cambridge
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-19 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-17 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-16 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-08-14 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof
Conductor: Peter Bauer
Orchestra: Kammeroper im Rathaushof
1996-07-21 | Konstanz (Germany), Rathaushof | national Premiere
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-10-04 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-28 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-23 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-18 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
1995-09-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House Covent Garden | World Premiere
Goehr · Arianna (lost opera by Monteverdi in eight scenes), Scene 6, Ahi, che non pur risponde! · sound clip
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