Dutch National Opera presents
03 Jun 12:00
WRY COMEDY ABOUT LOVE
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is a comic opera riddled with intrigues, disguises, mixed-up identities and double entendres. An opera about love: from randy excitement to melancholic disillusionment.
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
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera
- Instudering Koor
- Ching-Lien Wu
- 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.
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
The Chorus of Dutch National Opera consists of 50 singers and is regularly supplemented by freelance chorus members for major productions. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera already has many milestones to its name, including Saint François d’Assise, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Ercole amante, Boris Godunov, La Juive, Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, Parsifal, Guillaume Tell, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Faust, La forza del destino, Das Floß der Medusa, Oedipe and Tannhäuser, as well as concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer in Rotterdam, Paris and Dortmund and Daphnis et Chloé with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Since 1 September, 2014 Ching-Lien Wu is artistic director of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Earlier in the 2019- 2020 season, the chorus gave stellar performances in Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana, Nabucco and Carmen. In 2016 the Chorus was awarded the title of ‘Best Opera Chorus’ by the authoritative magazine Opernwelt.
In the 2020-2021 season the Chorus will sing in Mefistofele, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer, Die lustige Witwe, Anna Bolena and La damnation de Faust.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance