Dutch National Opera presents

Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

This show was to been seen in September 2016

An eventful wedding party

Duration 3:30

Breaks 1

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language Italian

Surtitles English & Dutch


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opera buffa in quattro atti, KV 492

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
World premiere 1 May 1786, Burgtheater, Vienna


New production
Premiere 6 September 2016

With all its intrigues, disguises, mistaken identities and hidden meanings, Le nozze di Figaro is one of the most successful comic operas ever.

In short

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.

Watch an aria from Le nozze di Figaro, sung by Cherubino (Marianne Crebassa).
Watch the trailer for Le nozze de Figaro.
There will be many props on stage during Le nozze di Figaro. Take a look behind the scenes and see how they come to live.


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 Bösch

Stage 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


IVOR BOLTON (musical director) had great success for many years as a harpsichord player, before making the transition to conducting.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Ivor Bolton
Stage Director 
David Bösch
Set Design 
Patrick Bannwart
Costume Design 
Meentje Nielsen
Lighting Design 
Olaf Winter
Klaus Bertisch
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
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!

    Thu 08 Sep Bachtrack.com**** over Le nozze di Figaro 2016

    “This season opener offers multiple delights.” “Esposito (Figaro) was musical, moved with clockwork timing, and sang powerfully.”

    Wed 27 Jan The New York Times, 2015

    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.