STRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos Study and Performance Workshop

Sunday 15th January 2017

Barefoot Opera and Interopera are offering this workshop for professional study in 2017, Led by Alistair Dawes (former head of music at the Royal Opera House) and Jenny Miller (singer, director, founder of Barefoot Opera).

Training and production approach

Barefoot Opera’s unique philosophy offers a clear approach to the classical singer’s dilemma: how to connect the requirements for a classically-trained instrument with the demands of contemporary theatre. Our highly-skilled team of tutors offers each participant a degree of individual input unequalled by any other solo singing course, enabling singers at all levels to thrive and develop their skills. This is an ideal opportunity for professional singers to strengthen their knowledge and performance of the roles in ‘Ariadne’ in a six hour focused, intensive day at **The Music Room, St. Leonards on Sea, Hastings.

Alistair Dawes brings decades of experience at the highest professional levels with particular passion and expertise on the Strauss operas, and will coach singers in selected scenes from the operas throughout the day.

Jenny Miller, who has developed new approaches to connecting a fully realized characterization to the demands of classical singing, will work separately dramatizing scenes, using text work and a repetiteur. A German coach will also be scheduled for individual work.


Main role study will be offered to professional singers planning to either perform or audition particular roles. Small roles are offered similarly and also to post graduate opera students.

Ariadne (Soprano)
Bacchus (dramatic tenor) Komponist (high mezzo) Zerbinetta (coloratura soprano) Harlequin (baritone) Scaramuccio (tenor) Truffaldino (bass) Brighella (tenor) Music Master (baritone) Dancing Master (tenor) Naiad (high soprano) Dryad (contralto) Echo (soprano)


The study day will begin at 10:00 am, and includes a simple but delicious lunch of soup and salads, and will end at 5:00pm.

Cost (includes lunch/refreshments): 4 main characters: £100, others: £75.

More information on excerpts to be studied on enquiry. Please contact