Dutch National Opera presents
An eventful wedding party
With all its intrigues, disguises, mistaken identities and hidden meanings, Le nozze di Figaro is one of the most successful comic operas ever.
Director David Bösch is a born storyteller. He likes to focus on the classics, and is known for his poetic approach. In this new production of Le nozze di Figaro, the hectic, bubbly story of Figaro’s eventful wedding party is visually interpreted in a revolving stage set.
Le nozze di Figaro is based on Beaumarchais’ play La folle journée ou Le mariage de Figaro, which shook up the feudal French society to its core. For Mozart’s opera, librettist Da Ponte removed the sharper edges in order to mollify the censors, and Le nozze di Figaro was eventually received with great enthusiasm. Passages had to be repeated so often by request that Emperor Joseph II himself enforced a clamp down on the number of encores!
Alex Esposito (Il turco in Italia) will sing the title role opposite Stéphane Degout (Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena) as Count Almaviva. They will be singing alongside Eleonora Buratto (Il viaggio a Reims) as the Countess, and Christiane Karg (DNO debut), as Susanna, Figaro’s bride.
David BöschStage director
The German director David Bösch has already put his name to many productions: not only plays by Wedekind, Shakespeare, Fallada, Ibsen, Dorst and Kleist, but also operas like Orlando furioso by Vivaldi (Oper Frankfurt), L’elisir d’amore, Mitridate, re di Ponto, Het sluwe vosje and L’Orfeo (Bayerische Staatsoper München, where Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is also on the programme in 2016). Bösch has worked with Schauspielhaus Essen and Schauspielhaus Bochum, and has been working with the Burgtheater in Vienna since 2013-2014. He is guesting with Dutch National Opera for the first time with Le nozze di Figaro.
IVOR BOLTON (musical director) had great success for many years as a harpsichord player, before making the transition to conducting.
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Musical director
- Ivor Bolton
- Stage director
- David Bösch
- Patrick Bannwart
- Meentje Nielsen
- Olaf Winter
- Klaus Bertisch
- Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera
- Rehearsal director
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Il Conte di Almaviva
- Stéphane Degout
- La Contessa di Almaviva
- Eleonora Buratto
- Christiane Karg
- Alex Esposito
- Marianne Crebassa
- Katharine Goeldner
- Umberto Chiummo
- Krystian Adam
- Don Curzio
- Jeroen de Vaal
- Louise Kemény
- Matteo Peirone
- Due Donne
- Tomoko Makuuchi
Fang Fang Kong
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ivor Bolton
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera for over 30 years and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and performs at major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad.
Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. Gordan Nikolić is the artistic director and concertmaster of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons, the orchestras for Dutch National Opera have had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Die Zauberflöte, Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Il viaggio a Reims, Der Rosenkavalier and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014. In the 2016-2017 season, the orchestras will be performing the DNO productions Le nozze di Figaro, Manon Lescaut, Parsifal, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Wozzeck, A Dog’s Heart and Rigoletto.
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra also brings classical music to people who do not automatically visit concert halls. Musicians go into schools to let children experience how enjoyable it is to play an instrument and listen to classical music. The musicians share their love of and passion for music with young and old, for example in hospitals or at festivals. This makes classical music accessible to all.
On Sunday 18 September, after the performance of Le nozze di Figaro, the soloists Christiane Karg, Marianne Crebassa and Eleonora Buratto will be at the shop to sign your purchases. This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!
“This season opener offers multiple delights.” “Esposito (Figaro) was musical, moved with clockwork timing, and sang powerfully.”
Mr. Bösch avoids traditional elegance in favor of scruffy, sometimes childlike melancholy […]. The direction is attentive and individual down to each member of the chorus, a precision that anchors the general mood of fairy-tale dreaminess.