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ALL SHOWS ARE PERFORMED AT THE MONTE CARLO OPERA
January 2023
Friday
20 January
19 H (Gala)

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Sunday
22 January
15 H

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Tuesday
24 January
19 H

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Wednesday
25 January
20 H

Choral concert
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Stabat Mater
Rossini
Thursday
26 January
19 H

Opera
Alcina
Haendel
February 2023
Sunday
19 February
15 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Tuesday
21 February
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Thursday
23 February
20 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Saturday
25 February
20 H

Opera
Andrea Chénier
Giordano
March 2023
Friday
10 March
20 H

Recital
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Daniel Barenboim
Friday
17 March
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
Sunday
19 March
15 H

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
Monday
20 March
20 H

Opera by the Vienna Staatsoper
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Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart
Tuesday
21 March
20 H

Opera
La traviata
Verdi
Thursday
23 March
20 H

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
April 2023
Sunday
16 April
15 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Monday
17 April
20 H

Puppet opera
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L’Orfeo
Monteverdi
Tuesday
18 April
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Thursday
20 April
20 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Saturday
22 April
20 H

Opera
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Mozart
Le nozze
di Figaro
20 March 2023
Opera
Conductor Philippe Jordan
Mise en espace Katharine Strommer and Lisa Padouvas

Mozart Le nozze di Figaro

Opera by the Vienna Staatsoper
Monday 20 March 2023 - 20 h
Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Opera buffa in four acts
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, based on The Marriage of Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Premiere: Vienna, Burgtheater, 1 May 1786

It is one of those theatres, century-old places that have nurtured a spirit, a “house” style for so many years, whose orchestra is made up of musicians from one of the most mythical groups (in our case, nothing less than the Vienna Philharmonic!), standing in a city where the air itself seems to carry the music, and where you must see a performance of an opera by Mozart or Richard Strauss once in your life. For the first time, the Vienna Staatsoper will be giving a unique performance of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in the Principality, and this a mere few days after having premiered the opera in its famous theatre. Shown in a semi-staged version, this Marriage will be conducted by Philippe Jordan, and his expert performers will let us savour the charms of this particularly idiomatic Viennese style as never before. Thanks to them, Mozart’s music will regain all its poetry, poignancy and its deepest musicality. Even if the spirit of the original comedy is well known, this is an event not to be missed under any circumstances. Rediscover unter practically ideal conditions the strength of feeling and the poetic subtlety with which Mozart’s music empowered Beaumarchais’ play!

Production team

CONDUCTOR | PHILIPPE JORDAN
MISE EN ESPACE | KATHARINA STROMMER AND LISA PADOUVAS

Cast
Le Comte Almaviva | Andrè Schuen
La Comtesse Almaviva | Federica Lombardi
Susanna | Ying Fang
Figaro | Peter Kellner
Cherubino | Patricia Nolz
Marcellina | Stephanie Houtzeel
Basilio | Josh Lovell
Don Curzio | Andrea Giovannini
Bartolo | Stefan Cerny
Antonio | Wolfgang Bankl
Barbarina | Miriam Kutrowatz
WIENER STAATSOPER CHOIR

WIENER STAATSOPER ORCHESTRA
A few words with…

Philippe Jordan

What does Monte Carlo mean to you? 

I have a special relationship with Monte Carlo in more ways than one. Among other things, because my father [Ed.: the late Swiss conductor Armin Jordan] conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo –not least, he recorded the music for Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s Parsifal film with this orchestra, in which he also portrayed Amfortas. Incidentally my first, intense encounter with Parsifal. And: there were talks about my taking over the OPMC! But in the end Paris prevailed…

 

How do you sense the heritage of the Viennese Classical period in Austria, how is it imparted?

When working with the wonderful Orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper, you can always feel how much the music from the Viennese Classical period is anchored in the DNA of these musicians: you notice it in the way they play, in their sound and especially in their unique phrasing. They all know how to phrase collectively, how to breathe and feel together: that is cultivated in Vienna, in Austria, from an early age and passed on and handed down in this orchestra over a long period of time.

 

How do you cultivate this heritage? 

Mozart remains the foundation of the Vienna Staatsoper’s extensive repertoire, and everything else is built upon it: also how you play Verdi and Wagner, or how you develop the ensemble of singers. Therefore, the preservation of this style remains one of our top priorities. And our idea of reviving the concept of a Mozart ensemble aims at establishing a consistent style for the Staatsoper in general.

 

The Orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper…

… has an incredible personality and is characterised by the magnificent Viennese sound –the Wiener Klang–, i.e. a soft and warm tone that emanates from, among others, unique instruments such as the Viennese horn, oboe and timpani. Therefore, this orchestra’s sound is by nature far closer to Mozart’s times than that of most other groups.One often associates it with the Romantic period, but the references to the Classical period are almost stronger.

 

How do you see the ensemble of the Vienna Staatsoper and how do you look after it?

The outstanding ensemble of singers is a cornerstone of our institution! Together, we spend much time at music rehearsals: there, we work on articulation, colours, dynamics and the text. Mozart is also incredibly important and healthy for what we call our “musical hygiene”!

 

A tip for Cecilia Bartoli in her new position as director of an opera house? 

Stay the way you are!