from Opera of the German opera Ariadne auf Naxos
by Richard Strauss
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, a member of a commedia dell'arte group
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: on stage during an operatic performance of "Ariadne auf Naxos", a wealthy Viennese house, Vienna, Austria, 18th century
Synopsis: Ariadne's despair is great because she has been abandoned by her love Theseus. The Harlequin tries to cheer her up, saying that she should give life another chance, since life's joys can really be surprising.