Opera

Le nozze di Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Comic opera in four acts | Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte, based on the comedy "The Marriage of Figaro" by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
First performance: 1786 in Vienna
Th, 25.05.2017
2017 International May FestivalGrosses Haus19:00 - 22:30
Elisa Cho, Matias Tosi
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Elisa Cho, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Jacquelyn Wagner, Gary Griffiths
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Wolf Matthias Friedrich, Hilke Andersen, Elisa Cho, Matias Tosi
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Gary Griffiths, Jacquelyn Wagner, Elisa Cho, Matias Tosi
Photo: Martin Kaufhold

Confusion, mistaken identity, infatuation, along with a criminal trial: these are the ingredients that make up the storyline of “Le nozze di Figaro”. Mozart turns the classic operatic pairing of ruler-servant into an intricate tale of human emotions, alive with all the elements of love, fortune and disappointment.

Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, whose texts also appear in “Don Giovanni” and “Così fan tutte”, picks up where Beaumarchais’ play “Le Mariage de Figaro” (and also Rossini’s later musical setting) ended. Rosina has become Countess Almaviva and Figaro, who assisted the Count in his conquest, is now his servant.

At first, all is well: Figaro and Susanna, the Countess’ maid, fall in love and plan to marry. But Susanna has caught the eye of the Count, who tries to seduce her. Mozart now turns what could easily have become a piquant comedic romp into a study about love and fidelity, not devoid of comic moments, of course. New relations and revelations are skilfully introduced and revealed until, finally, everything builds towards the happy union of Figaro and Susanna. Yet, at the end, all is not well: Figaro’s confidence in Susanna has taken a knock, the Countess realise her innate loneliness and Susanna finds herself a mere pawn in her fiancé’s intrigues and schemes.

Mozart was only 30 years old when he composed “Le nozze di Figaro”, but the opera is regarded one of the most mature works in the short life of his musical genius. It is especially in the work’s great ensembles – where all characters sing simultaneously about their desires, fears and cunning plans – that the composer’s true mastery comes to the fore. Mozart died only six years later, in 1791.

2017 International May Festival

Le nozze di Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Comic opera in four acts | Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte, based on the comedy "The Marriage of Figaro" by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
First performance: 1786 in Vienna

Mozart’s great operatic work reflects on love at the time of an erupting revolution. An extraordinary ensemble, under the baton of Baroque and early music specialist Konrad Junghänel, will come together for this production: Canadian Grammy and Gramaphone prize-winner Gerald Finley, who will also give a song recital at this year’s festival, is Count Almaviva. After her success as Countess at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson now brings the role to Wiesbaden. Hanna-Esliabeth Müller, who sings Susanna, was named Opernwelt’s “Young Artists of the Year” in 2014. The American Patrick Carfizzi (as Figaro) is no stranger to Wiesbaden, having already performed here in “La forza del destino” and “L’elisir d’amore”.
 

With: Count Almaviva Gerald Finley Countess Almaviva Maria Bengtsson Susanna Hanna-Elisabeth Müller Figaro Patrick Carfizzi Cherubino Silvia Hauer Marcellina Celeste Haworth Basilio Benedikt Nawrath Don Curzio Osvaldo Navarro-Turres Bartolo Wolf Matthias Friedrich Barbarina Stella An Antonio Wolfgang Vater

Cast

Conductor Konrad Junghänel
Production Beka Savić
Revival Director David Bruwer
Stage Designer Csaba Antal
Costume Designer Marina Luxardo
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Count Almaviva Gerald Finley
Countess Almaviva Maria Bengtsson
Susanna Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Figaro Patrick Carfizzi
Cherubino Silvia Hauer
Marcellina Celeste Haworth
Basilio Benedikt Nawrath
Bartolo Wolf Matthias Friedrich
Barbarina Stella An
Don Curzio Osvaldo Navarro-Turres
Antonio Wolfgang Vater
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

Grosses Haus19:30 - 23:00
Grosses Haus19:30 - 23:00
Grosses Haus17:00 - 20:30
2017 International May FestivalGrosses Haus19:00 - 22:30