The story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


I recently renewed my friendship with Tom Hunt, son of the late James Hunt, and protector of his legacy.  Tom, and his brother Freddie, have set up the James Hunt Foundation to raise money to invest in causes which they believe their father would espouse if he were still alive.

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The opera is based on the well known story of the Minotaur kept in the labyrinth in Crete, who is sent a cargo of innocents from Athens as an annual sacrifice, and is slain by Theseus. The monster’s half sister Ariadne helps Theseus by giving him a ball of twine so that he can find his way out of the labyrinth, on the understanding that he will then take her back to Greece to become his wife.

The opera had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2008.

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Christine Rice as Ariadne in The Minataur