In an event not to be missed, CitiOpera brings together some of the finest voices in Melbourne to perform Strauss’ magnificent “Ariadne auf Naxos”. Featuring international stars Wendy Grose (Covent Garden), Kristen Leich (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Henry Choo (Opera Australia), Richard Strauss’ music comes to life in this witty and charming comedy of "an opera within an opera”.


Directed by Stella Axarlis, the opera will reflect the rich tradition of operatic beauty and grace on stage. Axarlis, who has made the transition from world-renowned singer to passionate director, has led a number of acclaimed productions, including CitiOpera’s Otello (2014) and Cavalleria Rusticana (2015).


Raising the baton for this production is Melbourne’s own David Kram. Kram’s extensive conducting career has seen him working with opera companies around the world including, Opera Australia, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Grand Theatre de Genève, Basel Stadttheater (Switzerland), Nationaltheater Mannheim, (Germany), International Opera Productions in New York.


Sung in German with English surtitles.


Saturday 2nd April at 7.30 pm @ Hawthorn Arts Centre

Thursday 7th April at 7.30 pm @ Hawthorn Arts Centre

Sunday 10th April at 4.00 pm  @ Hawthorn Arts Centre


Hawthorn Arts Centre

360 Burwood Road

Hawthorn, VIC 3122

(03) 9278 4770


Tickets available online via or at the door ($69 Full/$65 Concession/Student $55) This includes a glass of sparkling wine or non-alcoholic beverage upon arrival.

Dinner Packages available.

Group discounts available.


Sponsored by Henkell Brothers Investment Managers Australia PTY LTD and the Robert Salzer Foundation.