Le nozze de Fiagro 2020/21 1280x680 © Hermine Karigl-Wagenhofer

Commedia per musica  in four acts (1786)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

based on the play "La folle journée ou Le mariage de Fiagro" by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchias

In Italian with German surtitles

New production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Thursday, 12 November 2020, 7 pm

Performances: 14 / 16 / 19 / 21 / 23 November 2020, 7 pm

Introduction matinée: 8 November 2020, 11 am

Synopsis

Several years ago Count Almaviva, aided by the barber Figaro, succeeded in freeing the commoner Rosina from the clutches of her money-grabbing guardian Bartolo and marrying her. Since then they have been living in a castle near Seville. Figaro is now a valet and Susanna, his betrothed, is also part of the household staff as the Countess’ chambermaid. After the wedding, which is scheduled to take place soon, the couple intend to move into the room that the Count has allocated them. Figaro initially thinks it an advantage that their room is next to the Count’s, but Susanna explains Almaviva’s true intentions to him: For some time the Count has felt bored by married life and is looking for other outlets for his passion. Now he has his eye on her. But he will have to use cunning and his powers of seduction because he himself abolished the droit du seigneur, a noble’s right to spend the first night with a newlywed woman. The Countess has long known about her husband’s affairs, and speaks her mind to Susanna. The maid tells her about the advances the Count has made towards her. Figaro joins them, and soon a plan has been made: on the one hand the Count should be led to believe that his wife is having an affair, and on the other that Susanna has agreed to a rendezvous with him. However, instead of Susanna, Cherubino the page will go to the tryst, disguised as a woman. Things do not go precisely to plan, though... The Countess has not given up all hope and intends to fight for her husband’s love. She and Susanna agree to swap clothes after the wedding: they are now pursuing a plan of their own. At last the wedding takes place. Susanna secretly slips the Count a love letter, which the Countess dictated earlier. Figaro is plagued by jealousy. At night in the garden, the confusion begins: the newlyweds give each other the runaround, Cherubino goes to kiss the Countess but accidentally kisses the Count instead, for which Figaro has his ears boxed. In the end the jealous Count spots his wife with Figaro. Having caught her in the act he intends to expose her in public. But before there was this clothes-swapping business...

Cast

Conductor

Stefan Gottfried

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Director

Alfred Dorfer

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Set & costume design

Christian Tabakoff

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Light design

Benedikt Zehm

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Il Conte di Almaviva

Florian Boesch

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La Contessa di Almaviva

Cristina Pasaroiu

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Susanna

Giulia Semenzato

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Figaro

Robert Gleadow

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Cherubino

Katie Coventry

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Marcellina

Marie McLaughlin

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Bartolo

Maurizio Muraro

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Basilio

Andrew Owens

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Don Curzio

Johannes Bamberger

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Barbarina

Ekin Su Paker

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Antonio

Ivan Zinoviev

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Orchestra

Concentus Musicus Wien

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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