Dates

November 2020

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, online

Running time

2:15h

Tickets

n.a.

Scenebeeld Le nozze di Figaro

Wry comedy about love

For Figaro and Susanna, their upcoming wedding is a real obstacle course. The lustful Count Almaviva tries to put the moves on Susanna, who needs all her wits to dodge his advances, and Figaro’s guile is put to the test as he tries to undermine the Count’s power plays and sexual cat-and-mouse-games.

Wry comedy about love

For Figaro and Susanna, their upcoming wedding is a real obstacle course. The lustful Count Almaviva tries to put the moves on Susanna, who needs all her wits to dodge his advances, and Figaro’s guile is put to the test as he tries to undermine the Count’s power plays and sexual cat-and-mouse-games.

 

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is a comic opera riddled with intrigues, disguises and double entendres. An opera about love: from randy excitement to melancholic disillusionment. 

Adapted version

This is a shortened and adapted version of our 2016 production. The opera has been reduced in length to a running time of a little over two hours, in order to perform it safely and without an interval in these times of corona. This version was realised under the supervision of conductor Riccardo Minasi, director David Bösch and revival director Maria Lamont. In collaboration with Meisje Barbara HummelKlaus Bertisch and Ernst Munneke.

Mozart – Da Ponte

Le nozze di Figaro (1786) was the first of three successful joint efforts between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Today, it is still one of the world’s most often-performed operas. In their comic opera, Mozart and Da Ponte depict a broad range of ideas about love, fidelity and power. From the randy excitement of the teenager Cherubino to the melancholic disillusionment of Countess Almaviva.

Count Almaviva: an early Harvey Weinstein?

The colorful staging by David Bösch - enthusiastically received by the press and public in 2016 – is full of humor, but at the same time brings out the barbs in this masterpiece. At times, his Count Almaviva seems to foreshadow figures such as Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

Riccardo Minasi - Mozart specialist par excellence

IIn the orchestra pit, the Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi – chief conductor of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and a keen Mozart specialist – provides a sparkling interpretation of this score. He leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

Rising stars

The cast of Le nozze di Figaro is made up of an impressive ensemble of rising stars, many of whom are making their Dutch National Opera debut: the sopranos Ruzan Mantashyan impersonates the role of the Countess. The Chinese ‘rising star’ Ying Fang sings Susanna. With the Italian baritone Davide Luciano in the role of Count Almaviva, a familiar face returns to DNO. In the role of Cherubino, we will hear Polly Leech, a talented alumnus of Dutch National Opera Studio

Scenebeeld Le nozze di Figaro

Aria 'Deh vieni, non tardar', performed by soprano Ying Fang in the role of Susanna

Aria 'Deh vieni, non tardar', performed by soprano Ying Fang in the role of Susanna
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