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Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Gran Teatre del Liceu: AuditorioumBarcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain
Dates/times in Madrid time zone
Thursday 07 April 202219:00
Monday 11 April 202219:00
Tuesday 19 April 202219:00
Saturday 23 April 202218:00
Performers
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Marc MinkowskiConductor
Ivan AlexandreDirector
Antoine FontaineSet Designer, Costume Designer
Tobias Hagström StåhlLighting Designer
Thomas DoliéBaritoneCount Almaviva
Ana Maria LabinSopranoCountess Almaviva
Robert GleadowBass-baritoneFigaro
Angela BrowerMezzo-sopranoSusannaApr 07, 19
Megan MarinoMezzo-sopranoSusannaApr 11, 23
Lea DesandreMezzo-sopranoCherubino
Norman PatzkeBassDoctor Bartolo, Antonio
Arianna VendittelliSopranoMarcellina
Paco GarciaTenorDon Curzio, Don Basilio
Mercedes GancedoMezzo-sopranoBarbarina
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu

Production: Drottningholms Slottsteater

Marc Minkowski and Ivan Alexandre have taken up an ambitious and novel challenge: that of making the three operas written by Lorenzo Da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – which resemble the tessellae of a splendid mosaic – into three-part series which will be staged four times.

Each opera is a masterpiece in its own right but they also have several features in common: respect for the unities of classical drama (unity of place, time and action) and the similarities between the characters (Countess-Donna Elvira / Don Giovanni-Count, and so on). Thus each libretto appears in its true colours when the opera is seen in conjunction with the other two because certain traits are completed and clarified.

Staging them one after the other, as in a festival, affords the audience new insights by enabling them to immerse themselves in the turbulent lives of the motley gallery of characters. All the women share the suffering caused by the violence of the male characters. Their only refuge is feminine solidarity and their menfolk, after abusing their freedom, are invariably met with forgiveness.

This new perspective brings new meanings to light, confronting the audience with the notion of seduction and raising crucial questions such as: “What does it mean to be a man or a woman in present-day society?”, “What limits do we put on our desires?”, “What does it mean to form a couple today?” or “What are the consequences of our impulses and of abuse?”.

For seduction lies at the core of this trilogy, which is an ageless mirror, an inexhaustible handbook for life, and a folle journée as well, during which così fan tutt(i), while all voices unite to sing "Viva la libertà!".

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