from Opera of the German opera Ariadne auf Naxos
by Richard Strauss
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Role: The Prima Donna/Ariadne
, a soprano who performs the role of Ariadne in the opera within this opera
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic soprano
Setting: on stage during an operatic performance of "Ariadne auf Naxos", a wealthy Viennese house, Vienna, Austria, 18th century
Synopsis: In full despair from being left by her love Theseus, Ariadne describes the land of death to which she will go to escape her pains. She welcomes death, thinking that in the land of death she will find everything that she has been denied in life.