Dutch National Touring Opera – Stadstheater Arnhem (March 2012)
Arnaud Oosterbaan -assistant conductor
In 2012, Arnaud Oosterbaan made his opera debut with The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducting a performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, followed by productions with many international orchestras and opera houses.
About the Opera
Composed bij Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lyrics by Lorenzo da Ponte
Based on a stage comedy La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro from Pierre Beaumarchais.
First première at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786
MOZART’S MOST POPULAR OPERA.
A new Dutch production of Mozart’s crowd-pleasing masterpiece! Chaos and hilarity abound as clever servants outwit arrogant masters, crafty women outsmart foolish men folk, and one crazy day ends in happiness and love. From the instantly recognizable notes of its toe-tapping overture to its uplifting finale, The Marriage of Figaro sparkles with genius.
Engaged couple Figaro and Susanna, servants to the Count and Countess Almaviva, are worried that the Count will attempt to seduce Susanna on her impending wedding night. As part of a plan to prevent this from happening, Susanna, the Countess, and Figaro dress the young page, Cherubino, as a girl who will pretend to be Susanna and meet the Count so that the Countess can trap her husband. When the Count interrupts them and orders Cherubino to join the army, they change tack. Susanna and the Countess decide to expose the Count’s infidelity by swapping clothes with each other and arranging a secret meeting with him. Figaro is horrified to see what appears to be Susanna in the Count’s arms but he has been temporarily fooled. When the ladies’ true identities are revealed, the Count begs the Countess for forgiveness. Susanna and Figaro celebrate their long-awaited wedding.
Cast and Crew
Conductor: Jan Willem de Vriend
Arnaud Oosterbaan (performance 24th March 2012)
Director: Gijs de Lange
Kostume design: Jookje Zweedijk
Lighting: Stefan Dijkman
Choreografie: Ruth Becker
Susanna: Claire Armshow
La contessa: Johanni van Oosterum
Cherubino: Karin Stroobos
Marcellina: Christina Tocci
Figaro: John Malloy
Il Conte: John Crest
Basilio: Erik Slik
26 maart 2012