• Karl Forster

Tuesday 10. Jan. 2017, 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm | Großes Haus


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Le Nozze di Figaro

Introduction at 6.20 PM

During times of historical upheaval, the victors are filled with euphoric jubilation while fear spreads on the side of the losers. When cheerfulness grips the figures in Mozart’s piece, it is the swan song, full of schadenfreude, of dying structures, ancient privileges and traditional manners – including those between man and woman. Mozart (and Beaumarchais) hold the balance on the threshold between eras – as artists en route to self-marketing, as portraitists of their times, by precisely rendering a society whose balance is shifting, making Almaviva a ridiculous figure. His class is losing political power, and he compensates for this loss by becoming a slave to his sexual desire. The wind is blowing from the past, giving wing to Walter Benjamin’s angel of history. It is a storm for the winners, and for the losers a mere melancholy breeze. The angel sees nothing but ruins.

Director: Stefan Herheim
Set Designer: Christof Hetzer
Costume Designer: Gesine Völlm
Lighting Designer: Phoenix (Andreas Hofer)
Video: fettFilm
Dramaturgy: Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach

Premiere: 15.11.2015

In Italian with German surtitles
Supported by the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera


Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 6,00 EUR to 97,00 EUR

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