Dutch National Opera presents
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.
YOU CAN ENJOY LE NOZZE DI FIGARO FROM SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER UNTIL SUNDAY 27 DECEMBER 23.59 HRS ONLINE. YOU CAN WATCH THE PERFORMANCE HERE
opera about love
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.
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 Hummel, Klaus Bertisch and Ernst Munneke.
A beautiful interaction of soloists, musicians and genius music by Mozart.
'An impeccable Nozze di Figaro.'
'A long evening of pleasant entertainment is guaranteed this time.'
'The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra proves itself to be an excellent, informed and active Mozart ensemble. It grabs you in the overture right away and regularly provides moments of tenderness and lyricism.'
About the opera
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
In 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.
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
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Soprano Ying Fang: "Susanna is the driving force of Nozze"
'To credibly stage a marriage with a distance of one and a half metres between the bride and groom? I don't know how we did it, but we did!' In the middle of the second lockdown, the young Chinese soprano Ying Fang makes her DNO debut as Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. An experience that in no way resembles 'business as usual'.
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Musical director
- Riccardo Minasi
- Stage director
- David Bösch
- Patrick Bannwart
- Costume designer
- Meentje Nielsen
- Light designer
- Olaf Winter
- Klaus Bertisch
- Nederlands Kamerorkest
- Il Conte di Almaviva
- Davide Luciano
- La Contessa di Almaviva
- Ruzan Mantashyan
- Ying Fang
- Riccardo Fassi
- Polly Leech
- Iris van Wijnen
- Michael Hauenstein
- Lucas van Lierop
- Don Curzio
- Jeroen de Vaal
- Sam Carl (Dutch National Opera Studio)
David BöschStage director
The German director David Bösch has already put his name to many productions: not only on plays, but also on operas.
RICCARDO MINASI is a violinist and conductor. Since 2017 he has been chief conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg.
Le nozze di Figaro
Opera buffa in four acts (1786)
Sung in Italian
Lorenzo da Ponte
Netherlands Chambers Orchestra
Already 35 years, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world. In September 2021, Lorenzo Viotti will become chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera. The Netherlands Chambers Orchestra is under the inspiring leadership of violinist Gordan Nikolić.
Le nozze di Figaro - Mon 2 November 2020 - 20:30hrs
Step into the world of the makers. Sit back with a drink in an informal setting and enjoy an aria or duet, a pas de deux or small ensemble, or an interview with a singer or choreographer. A varied programme, linked to a topical theme, is presented for each production.
NB: In principle, the foyer evenings are given in Dutch, but in practice the high number of international guests means that English is often spoken as well.