Mozart Opera Special
Sundays in September
The oeuvre of legendary Austrian-born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart includes over twenty world-famous operas. Today, they are all considered classics and are omnipresent in opera houses worldwide. Throughout September, Stingray Classica presents three of the composer’s most popular works: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782), Così fan tutte (1790), and the comic masterpiece Le nozze di Figaro (1786). The latter two were created in a collaboration between Mozart and the Italian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte and are considered to be two of Mozart’s best Italian operas. Enjoy these three beautiful works on Sunday the 8th, 15th, and 22nd of September and experience stunning stagings and magnificent performances from the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Belgium, the Opera de Lyon in France, and Spain’s Teatro Real in Madrid.
Sunday, September 8 | Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Enjoy Mozart's beautiful opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (KV 384) with a libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner. For this 2013 performance at the Opéra Royal de Liege, stage director Alfredo Arias created a new vision on this masterpiece. Christophe Rousset conducts the Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie. Soloists are Maria Grazia Schiavo, Wesley Rogers, Franz Hawlata, Elizabeth Bailey, Jeff Martin and Markus Merz.
Sunday, September 15 | Mozart - Cosi fan tutte
Stefano Montanari conducts Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte in a staging by Adrian Noble. The opera, based on a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, is a romantic comedy about the complexity of relationships between men and women. With his sensual, spirited and passionate music, Mozart poses fundamental questions about love and brings to the libretto surprising psychological depth and an underlying seriousness not present in the original farce. The major roles are played by Lionel Lhote, Daniel Behle, Vito Priante, Maria Bengtsson, Tove Dahlberg and Elena Galitskava in this 2011 performance from the Opera de Lyon in France.
Sunday, September 22 | Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro
From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagi’s classic, triumphant production brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozart’s comic masterpiece “Le nozze di Figaro.” Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favors of Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susanna (Isabel Rey), while Luca Pisaroni gives a feisty performance as Figaro. Conductor Jesús López Cobos masterfully captures the enchanting score. It is a witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness performed by Ludovic Tézier, Barbara Frittoli, Luca Pissaroni, Isabel Rey, Marina Comparato, Jeanette Fischer, Carlos Chausson, Raúl Giménez, Enrique Viana, Soledad Cardoso, and Miguel Soda at the Teatro Real Madrid in 2009.