L'abandon d'Ariane Op. 98 (The Abandonment of Ariane or, in German, Die Verlassene Ariadne) is an opera in one act by Darius Milhaud to a French libretto by Henri Hoppenot, based on Greek mythology. It is the second of three Opéras-Minutes (Mini-Operas) that Milhaud composed. It came between L'Enlèvement d'Europe Op. 94 and La Délivrance de Thésée Op. 99, with librettos also by Henri Hoppenot (1891–1977), a French diplomat. The three operas together last about twenty-seven minutes.
The first performance of the trilogy - L'Enlèvement d'Europe, L'Abandon d'Ariane and La Délivrance de Thésée - was at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany on 20 April 1928. These performances were given in a German translation by Rudolph Stephan Hoffmann.
L'Abandon d'Ariane has been recorded several times; however, it is rarely performed live.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 20 April 1928|
(Conductor: Joseph Rosenstock)
|Ariadne, princess of Crete||soprano|
|Dionysos, god of wine||baritone|
|Phädra, Ariadne's younger sister||soprano|
|Theseus, Greek hero||tenor|
|Bacchantes, sailors chorus|
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005)."L'abandon d'Ariane, 20 April 1928". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
- Milhaud, his diplomat librettists, and the influence of Brazil, in The Boeuf chronicles, Pt. 30, by Daniella Thompson.