Mozart-Trilogie (in concert) with Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Dates:
Le nozze di Figaro: 6. and 8 March 2014, 7 pm
Don Giovanni: 17 and 19 March 2014, 7 pm
Così fan tutte: 27 and 29 March 2014, 7 pm

Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Director: Felix Breisach

Concentus Musicus Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Opera in concert in Italian

Cast

Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Director: Felix Breisach
Costume design: Doris Maria Aigner
Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien
Chorus: Arnold Schoenberg Chor
 
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 6. & 8. März 2014
 
Conte di Almaviva: Bo Skovhus
Contessa di Almaviva: Christine Schäfer
Susanna: Mari Eriksmoen
Figaro: Andrè Schuen
Cherubino: Elisabeth Kulman
Marcellina: Ildiko Raimondi
Bartolo | Antonio: Peter Kalman
Basilio | Don Curzio: Mauro Peter
Barbarina: Christina Gansch
 
DON GIOVANNI 17. & 19. März 2014
 
Don Giovanni: Andrè Schuen
Il Commendatore | Masetto: Mika Kares
Donna Anna: Christine Schäfer
Don Ottavio: Mauro Peter
Donna Elvira: Maite Beaumont
Leporello: Ruben Drole
Zerlina: Mari Eriksmoen
 
COSI FAN TUTTE 27. & 29. März 2014
 
Fiordiligi: Mari Eriksmoen
Dorabella: Katija Dragojevic
Guillelmo: Andrè Schuen
Ferrando: Mauro Peter
Despina: Elisabeth Kulman
Don Alfonso: Markus Werba

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte is among the happiest and most prolific symbioses in the history of opera. In the Italian adventurer Mozart found a kindred spirit, a librettist who was also willing to accept the composer’s ideas. In the space of only four years the pair created three operas: The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787) and Così fan tutte (1789/90). The central theme of all three is the most important human relationship: love.

In The Marriage of Figaro the conflicts that are caused by love and involve practically all the characters lead to chaotic situations in which the social status of the protagonists, from the gardener to the count, give rise to numerous conflicts. However, the social criticism contained in the original comedy by Beaumarchais was radically cut.

Don Giovanni portrays the final adventures of a libertine who, ignoring any sense of moral propriety, has always acted as a sexual force of nature and now, hunted by his victims, must face death in his last rendezvous.

In Così fan tutte the cynical Alfonso undermines the love of two happy couples by putting their fidelity to the test, thereby challenging love itself. This last work by Mozart and Da Ponte is also their most mysterious. What is illusion, what reality? Can a promise of love ever be trusted at all? Even the dénouement remains a mystery.

These three works epitomise the art of opera in the 18th century in its entirety and in utter perfection. Never before had characters in opera been so precisely evoked by the music and so precisely defined as individuals as in these three works: every gesture, every word, every show of emotion is eloquently characterised, commented on or reversed using musical subtext by Mozart. This precise observation of human relationships also finds expression in the dénouements which were unusually fragile for the time. While it is true that, at least superficially, all three works
have a happy ending, the events portrayed have challenged everything and none of the characters can carry on as if nothing has happened.

Photos Gallery

Mozart Trilogie 13/14

Performances: March, 6th - 29th 2014
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Opera in concert
Copyright: Herwig Prammer