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Le nozze di FigaroNew production

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Sunday 19 June 202219:00
Wednesday 22 June 202219:00
Saturday 25 June 202219:00
Tuesday 28 June 202219:00
Friday 01 July 202219:00
Sunday 03 July 202219:00
Thursday 07 July 202219:00
Sunday 10 July 202220:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Stefano MontanariConductor
Jan Philipp GlogerDirector
Ben BaurSet Designer
Karin JudCostume Designer
Martin GebhardtLighting Designer
Claus SpahnDramaturgy
Daniel OkulitchBass-baritoneCount Almaviva
Anita HartigSopranoCountess Almaviva
Morgan PearseBaritoneFigaro
Louise AlderSopranoSusanna
Lea DesandreMezzo-sopranoCherubino
Malin HarteliusSopranoMarcellina
Yorck Felix SpeerBass-baritoneDoctor Bartolo
Spencer LangTenorDon Basilio
Martin ZyssetTenorDon Curzio
Ziyi DaiSopranoBarbarina
Ruben DroleBaritoneAntonio
Chelsea ZurflühSopranoFirst Bridesmaid
Bożena BujnickaSopranoSecond Bridesmaid
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director

When the play The Great Day or the Marriage of Figaro was published in France on the eve of the French Revolution, it prompted a scandal. Its author was Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, a watchmaker, financial speculator, and occasional poet. The play poked fun at contemporary life, sending up an amoral and capricious aristocracy, the corrupt judiciary, and hypocritical political elite. As a result, it was banned before ever seeing the light of day. But it nevertheless caught the attention of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then based in Vienna. With librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte at his artistic side, Mozart defied the censors and set out to create a work for the operatic stage based on the incendiary material. And we all know what happened next: Le nozze di Figaro is one of the most inspired, brilliantly written, and profound operas in music history. A disruptive energy flows through Mozart’s Figaro, setting something new in motion. At first glance, the score indulges in a frenzy of confusing intrigues – but a deeper look reveals subversions of societal norms. And, almost as an aside, the opera unveils musically poignant portraits of the human soul.

This is no outdated tale from yesteryear. Jan Philipp Gloger – a director equally at home in the theater and opera worlds – sets out to prove just that in this new production. Gloger enjoys probing how modern a work is, and in his productions at the Opernhaus Zürich – which range from Antonio Vivaldi’s La verità in cimento to Emmerich Kálmán’s Csárdásfürstin – he never fails to find the key to making a work both surprising and relatable. He’s sure to succeed with Mozart’s Figaro, where the men are handsy, the woman confident, and the plot stuffed with sexual desire. Helping him in the process is a young ensemble of Mozartian singers, and the historically informed practice style of conductor Stefan Montanari.

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