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Le nozze di Figaro


Friday, April 5th, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 11th, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 14th, 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 pm
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00 pm

Opera in four acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
World premiere: May 1 1786, Burgtheater, Vienna
1st performance of this production March 4 2007

Sung in Italian with German and English surtitles.  ca. 3hrs 15mins, including one interval
Introductory talk, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

SYNOPSIS

Has Count Almaviva's right to the first night with his female servants been abolished at last? Actually, yes. Or not yet? The Count intends to ignore it anyway, especially in view of the forthcoming marriage between the maid Susanna and valet Figaro... Mozart set Lorenzo Da Ponte's masterful libretto, based on Beaumarchais' society critical comedy, to music just before the French revolution, a politcally highly explosive time between the autumn of 1785 and spring of 1786. A piece against »vice, abuse and capriciousness under the mask of the ruling class«, one of the best libretti ever written. Their Figaro is in many ways a work with revolutionary vigour: the two authors denounce, mercilessly, the pleasing self image of the aristocracy. Disguises, late night rendezvous, jumping out of windows and staged setting off on journies, in which the characters deliberately, and undeliberately, get into drive the turbulent story onwards. One of the most perfect musical comedies in operatic literature – timeless, clever, full of surprising turns and a fascinating wealth of music.

CAST

Conductor Lawrence Foster
Director Guillaume Bernardi
Revival rehearsed by Caterina Panti Liberovici
Set Designer Moritz Nitsche
Costume Designer Peter DeFreitas
Lighting Designer Olaf Winter
Choreography Bernd Niedecken
Chorus Master Markus Ehmann
Dramaturge Zsolt Horpácsy
Figaro Iain MacNeil *
Susanna Angela Vallone, Sydney Mancasola
Count Almaviva Iurii Samoilov, Gordon Bintner
Countess Almaviva Kirsten MacKinnon
Cherubino Cecelia Hall
Marzelline Judita Nagyová
Bartolo Anthony Robin Schneider
Antonio Franz Mayer
Barbarina Florina Ilie *
Basilio, Don Curzio Michael Petruccelli *
Zwei Frauen Julia Moorman *, Bianca Andrew *

Oper Frankfurt's Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

* Member of the Opera Studio

Earlier Event: March 31
Der ferne Klang
Later Event: June 22
Der Kaiser von Atlantis