Mozart : The Marriage of Figaro
Beaumarchais is the major theatre writer of the French pre-revolution years. His Marriage of Figaro created a major shock and was a tremendous success: Marie Antoinette herself played the part of Rosine in Versailles…
Very soon, all of Europe fell in love with this story which transcends social classes and embarks the public in an intrigue with a thousand twists and turns and an abundance of witticisms, Lorenzo da Ponte adapted the play for Mozart, and Le Nozze di Figaro, met with unfailing success since its first performances in Vienna. Figaro, the talented singer, finding incredible escpaaes from the most improbable situations. Cherubino, hidden in the countess’s bedroom, and the virtuoso musical ensembles, which close each action, make Le Nozze di Figaro one of the public’s favorites.
In this new production of Le Nozze, Marc Minkowski returns to familiar Mozart regions, with singers who excel on major stages. His accomplice Ivan Alexandre, designed this creation for a legendary venue – the courtyard of Drottningholm Palace in Sweden. Built in 1766, in this royal summer residence, one hour away from Stockholm by boat, the court theatre is intact: it has kept its original machinery and many of the sets, which have made it into a conservatory of baroque theatre techniques. Linking this amazing place to the Royal Opera (1770) is evident from the point of view of style and promises great musical pleasures.
Extract from Le Nozze di Fiagro by Marc Minkowski
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Buffa in 4 acts. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Beaumarchais.
First performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1st May 1786
Production : Drottningholms Slottsteater, Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble