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WRY COMEDY ABOUT LOVE
DUE TO TIGHTENED CORONA MEASURES, WE ARE UNFORTUNATELY FORCED TO CANCEL THE PERFORMANCES OF LE NOZZE DI FIGARO UNTIL 11 NOVEMBER. READ MORE INFORMATION HERE: OPERABALLET.NL/CORONA-UPDATE
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. It is a shortened version of our 2016 production, prepared under the supervision of director David Bösch and conductor Riccardo Minasi. The opera has been reduced in length to a running time of around two hours, in order to perform it safely and without an interval in these times of corona.
We have taken careful measures to ensure a safe visit to our theatre, including careful observation of the compulsory 1.5 metre distance in the auditorium and in the foyer.
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Le nozze di Figaro
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.
'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.'
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 and Natalia Tanasii share 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
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.
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
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 (November 7, 10, 12, 14, 17)
Natalia Tanasii (November 19, 22, 26)
- 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)
Netherlands Chambers Orchestra
For more than 30 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.
In addition to this opera activities, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra both are regular players of The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The orchestras work with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians. The orchestras make classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless adventurous and unexpected podiums, they bring people together through music and provide an excellent musical experience for advanced and new audiences alike. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestras are situated in the heart of the community.
In the 2020-2021 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for Mefistofele, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer, Die lustige Witwe. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will join us in the pit for Le nozze di Figaro and Anna Bolena.
For more than 30 years, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world.
The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main podium for the orchestra’s concerts. In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Marc Albrecht and Gordan Nikolić (musical director of The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestra works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians. The orchestra makes classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless adventurous and unexpected podiums, the orchestra brings people together through music and provides an excellent musical experience for advanced and new audiences alike. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestra is situated in the heart of the community.
In the 2020-2021 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for Mefistofele, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer, Die lustige Witwe and Anna Bolena. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will join us in the pit for Le nozze di Figaro.
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.