The first premiere of this season: „Le nozze di Figaro“
Christof Loy returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper with the new production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro after having already produced Saul (2003), Roberto Devereux (2004), Alcina (2005), Il turco in Italia (2007), The Bassarids (2008) and Lucrezia Borgia (2009) for the opera house. First performed in 1786, the opera deals with a timeless subject: the fascinating yet equally bewildering complexities of human relationships.
Christof Loy puts this at the centre of his production of Le nozze di Figaro. "In opera and the opera business, we have a lot to do with a kind of sensitivity. I want to sense this thin-skin in the characters I direct,” says Christof Loy. He focusses on the psychological mechanisms that allow love to cut the deepest wound. The only possible hope an individual has for a cure is to be prepared to surrender themselves completely to the other person, in all their vulnerability.
Through his music, Mozart created a protagonist with an unprecedented psychological complexity whose every emotional reaction can be felt by the listener. For the opera, which premiered at the Vienna Burgtheater in 1786 to great acclaim, Mozart composed a score which used all the available musical resources of Viennese classic and, in its depth and variety, would become profoundly influential on the future of opera.
Federica Lombardi and Christian Gerhaher are the Count and Countess. The young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska also performs here for the first time as Susanna alongside Alex Esposito (Figaro), who has sung the part numerous times in Dieter Dorn's production. Further performers include Paolo Bordogna (Bartolo) and Anne Sofie von Otter (Marcellina), among others.