Great Performances at the Met (Season 16)

Great Performances at the Met: Ariadne Auf Naxos

Air date: 07/03/2022

Premieres Sunday, July 3 on PBS (check local listings)

New York metro area premiere Sunday, July 10 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’ masterpiece conducted by Marek Janowski. The cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus, and Wolfgang Brendel as the Major-Domo. Great Performances at the Met: Ariadne auf Naxos premieres beginning Sunday, July 3 on PBS (check local listings) as part of #PBSForTheArts. The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, July 10 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Tenor Matthew Polenzani hosts. The broadcast is part of season 16 of Great Performances at the Met that includes 10 new operas premiering monthly through November on PBS (check local listings).

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  • Lise Davidsen – Ariadne
  • Isabel Leonard – Composer
  • Brenda Rae – Zerbinetta
  • Brandon Jovanovich – Bacchus
  • Wolfgang Brendel – Major-Domo
  • Johannes Martin Kränzle – Music Master
  • Sean Michael Plumb – Harlekin



  • Matthew Polenzani – Host
  • Marek Janowski – Conductor
  • Richard Strauss – Composer
  • Elijah Moshinsky – Production
  • Michael Yeargan – Set and Costume Designer
  • Gil Wechsler – Lighting Designer
  • Stephen Pickover – Revival Stage Director


Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Ariadne auf Naxos is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. David Frost is Music Producer and Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

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Brenda Rae as Zerbinetta and Isabel Leonard as the Composer in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Brenda Rae as Zerbinetta in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Brenda Rae as Zerbinetta and Sean Michael Plumb as Harlekin in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Sean Michael Plumb as Harlekin, Ryan Speedo Green as Truffaldin, Lise Davidsen as Ariadne, and Aok Kumar as Scaramuccio in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera.

Brandon Jovanovich as Bacchus and Lise Davidsen in the title role of Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Lise Davidsen as Ariadne and Brenda Rae as Zerbinetta in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Deanna Breiwick as Najade, Tamara Mumford as Dryade, Maureen McKay as Echo, and Lise Davidsen in the title role of Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera