With great sadness, Dutch National Opera has learned of the death of the Italian playwright, actor, director and Nobel prize-winner Dario Fo. In the Netherlands, Dario Fo had great success as the director of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Dutch National Opera.

Pierre Audi, director of Dutch National Opera, pays him the following tribute:

"Dario Fo was one of the greatest theatrical geniuses of the last 100 years: playwright, director, and performer. His art had its roots in commedia dell'arte, which he reinvented to serve his own art, combining political satire, poetry and often music. On the invitation of my predecessor Jan Van Vlijmen, Fo directed his first major opera for DNO in 1987: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This production proved one of the company's greatest successes. Revived many times, filmed and presented in other countries, it lead to a second invitation which saw Fo direct Rossini's L'italiana in Algieri for DNO a few years later. Working with Dario Fo was a privilege. His charisma, poetic approach to theatre, his humanity and biting sense of humour will stay engraved in my memory. His brief love affair with opera lifted our spirits and our imagination to new heights. The world has lost a great artist."