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(Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos). Ten. In the Prologue, the Tenor, who will sing Bacchus in the opera seria, is complaining about his wig, which he refuses to wear, aiming a kick at the Wigmaster. When he learns that the opera is to be shortened, he tells the Composer it is the Prima Donna's role which must be cut—nobody wants that woman on stage more than necessary. In the opera proper, he arrives on the Island of Naxos, thinking he will find Circe. He sees Ariadne and assumes she is the goddess he is seeking, and invites her to leave with him and go on his ship. Now life will begin for them both, he assures her. Aria: Circe, kannst du mich hören? (‘Circe, can you hear me?’); duet (with Ariadne): Das waren Zauberworte! (‘That was a magic spell!’). Too many tenors see this as Heldentenor territory, and it all too rarely receives the lyrical singing the role requires. Among the most famed of Bacchuses are Richard Tauber, Peter Anders, Rudolf Schock, Torsten Ralf, Helge Roswaenge, Jess Thomas, James King, and Johan Botha. Created (1912 vers.) by Hermann Jadlowker; (1916 vers.) by Bela von Környey.

Subjects: Opera.

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