Le nozze di Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

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Commedia per musica in 4 acts
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
First performed on 1st May, 1786 in Vienna
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 14th December, 1978

3 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

In Italian with German and English surtitles

45 minutes before beginning: Introduction in German language

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Figaro and Susanna, servants at the court of Count Almaviva, are soon to marry and are furnishing the lodgings that they’ve been allotted in the Count’s castle. Figaro is gleefully taking measurements for the conjugal bed, but Susanna is worried: the Count’s passion for his wife has long since cooled, meaning that he might invoke his “right to the first night”. Figaro is determined that it won’t come to that, but another issue is plaguing him too: before lending him a sum of money, Marcellina, the Count’s housekeeper had wrung from him a pledge to marry her if he defaulted, and that time has now come. To complicate matters, in the Countess’s chambers Susanna is asked by the Count’s page, Cherubino, to put in a word for him because he’s been fired for a dalliance with Barbarina, the Count’s gardener’s daughter. The Count enters suddenly and tries to negotiate a tryst with Susanna, forcing Cherubino to hide, whereupon Basilio the music teacher arrives, and finally Figaro. The situation heats up and the only person to keep a handle on things is Susanna.

The Count reluctantly agrees not to put a spanner in the marital works, while still secretly hoping to have his way with Susanna. The Countess is bemoaning her husband’s lack of affection. Figaro and Susanna suggest a scheme that might help her: they will incite him to jealousy and then embarrass him into the bargain. But since everyone is pulling in different directions, the plan goes awry, endangering the youngsters’ love affair as well as the marriage of the Count and Countess. Following a string of incidents and a chaotic evening gathering, all are reconciled, chastened and – perhaps – a little wiser.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO - Mozart’s first collaboration with Lorenzo da Ponte, who would also serve as librettist for DON GIOVANNI and COSÌ FAN TUTTE – is based on “La folle journée, ou Le Marriage de Figaro” [1783/84] by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, a French comedy, controversial and topical in equal measure. A comedy about two betrothed domestic servants who stand up to their employers and prevail in the end was a shock to people of gentle birth in the pre-Revolutionary Paris of the early 1780s. Astonishing, then, that da Ponte managed to have the opera staged at the Viennese court, which had zero interest in hosting such an insolent work at a local venue. Mozart and da Ponte tinkered with the storyline, took the edge off the threat posed by the characters to society and moulded the dramaturgy to fit the parameters of musical theatre, albeit without drawing the teeth of the work it was based on. The result was one of the supreme achievements in the history of comic opera. The human nature depicted is timeless, the story clever and packed with unexpected twists. And the overwhelming richness of the score enlivens each individual character in their self-perception and their relationship to the others.

About the production
Götz Friedrich’s production sticks to Mozart’s directions, demonstrating his psychological acuity and his sense of the absurd and the comic as the action spirals to a head. He also reveals his grasp of human imperfection, which Mozart, in a veiled manner but always with critical analysis, brings home to audiences.

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Der Adventskalender 2023

Just like cinnamon and biscuits, the musical Advent calendar is an integral part of the pre-Christmas period. In keeping with the motto "brevity is the spice of life", we will once again be presenting a varied programme in December from Monday to Friday from 5.00 p.m. in the foyers or in the Tischlerei to sweeten the wait for the big festive season. From the presentation of the new scholarship holders, who enrich the vocal ensemble, to readings, piano music and Christmas brass, to a visit from St Nicholas, there's something for everyone. Come along and experience our artists up close!

Our Advent Foyer Programme
Visit our chamber concerts and readings from Monday to Friday, from 5.00 p.m. to approx. 5.25 p.m., in the Rank foyer on the right, in the Parquet Foyer or in the Tischlerei. Admission is free.

1 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"An American Christmas" - Favourite songs from North and South America
with Julie Wyma, Valeria Delmé and Jamison Livsey

4 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
African American Spirituals
with Christian Simmons and John Parr

5 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet foyer
César Franck: Sonata in A major for violin and piano
with Elisabeth Heise-Glass and Elda Laro

6 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
St Nicholas comes to visit
with Gerard Farreras, Jens Holzkamp and the Junge Deutsche Oper

7 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet foyer
"Christmas is here again"
with the small chorus of the children's chorus, Rosemarie Arzt and Jitsu Park

8 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet foyer
Excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
with soloists from the children's and youth chorus and the chorus

11 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High"
with the VoiceChangers and Rosemarie Arzt

12 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
Our scholarship holders introduce themselves
with Hye-Young Moon, Lilit Davtyan, Youngkwang Oh and Pauli Jämsä

13 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Jewish music for Hanukkah
with Daniel Draganov, Natalie Buck and Maxime Perrin

14 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Roses et papillons" - songs by César Franck
with Andrea Schwarzbach and Christian Zacker

15 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Maurice Ravel: "Chansons madécasses"
with Arianna Manganello, Elda Laro, Arne-Christian Pelz, Ruth Pereira-Medina

18 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Four tubas for a Merry Christmas"
with Vikentios Gionanidis, Péter Kánya, Thomas Leyendecker and Thomas Richter

19 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
Karol Szymanowksi: Sonata for violin and piano, op. 9
with Magdalena Heinze and Elda Laro

20 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
The golden era of bel canto
with Arianna Manganello and Elda Laro

21 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" - A reading
with Dietmar Schwarz and Fanny Frohnmeyer

22 December 2023 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet foyer
Christmas singing together
with the brass players of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

All further information in the respective daily door on our homepage

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