L'abandon d'Ariane

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Dionysos and Ariadne, Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1713)

L'abandon d'Ariane Op. 98 (The Abandonment of Ariane or, in German, Die Verlassene Ariadne) is an opera in one act by Darius Milhaud to a French libretto by Henri Hoppenot, based on Greek mythology. It is the second of three Opéras-Minutes (Mini-Operas) that Milhaud composed. It came between L'Enlèvement d'Europe Op. 94 and La Délivrance de Thésée Op. 99, with librettos also by Henri Hoppenot (1891–1977), a French diplomat. The three operas together last about twenty-seven minutes.

Performance history[edit]

The first performance of the trilogy - L'Enlèvement d'Europe, L'Abandon d'Ariane and La Délivrance de Thésée - was at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany on 20 April 1928. These performances were given in a German translation by Rudolph Stephan Hoffmann.

L'Abandon d'Ariane has been recorded several times; however, it is rarely performed live.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 20 April 1928
(Conductor: Joseph Rosenstock)
Ariadne, princess of Crete soprano
Dionysos, god of wine baritone
Phädra, Ariadne's younger sister soprano
Theseus, Greek hero tenor
Bacchantes, sailors chorus

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