Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm

Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm is an online opera that serves as a counterpart to Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Starting point is Figaro’s explosive monologue from Pierre Beaumarchais’ original play Le mariage de Figaro. Mozart and his librettist Da Ponte left the text, which brims with revolutionary spirit, out of their opera adaptation. Now the scene finally makes it to the operatic stage in the vision of a new generation of music theatre makers.

More information and link to the free stream (from 29 November).

A voice wants to sing, a body wants to dance. An empty theatre wants to bring a message of love to an audience, even if they are not there.

In the final act of Le nozze, Figaro is alone in the Count’s garden. Though confident among other characters, the isolated Figaro is left to face bitter frustrations, self-doubt, and anxieties about taking a place in the world. Figaro’s extended soliloquy is now sung for the first time as a monologue-aria for one performer.

This once-censored text, left aside by Mozart and Da Ponte, now gains its own operatic dimension. A new libretto, adapted with freedom. What cannot be spoken, must be sung. “And if no one is there to hear me, I’ll sing of love to myself.”

 

Composer
Boris Bezemer
Conductor
Coen Stuit
Stage director
Stephen Liebmann
Set designer
Django Walon
Dramaturgy
James Whiting
Lighting designer
Jasper Nijholt
Performer
Angelo Custodio
Ensemble
Juho Myllylä – recorder
Tatiana Rosa – flute
Marco Danesi – bass clarinet
Sven Berkelmans – trumpet
Arne Visser – tuba
Jeroen Kimman – pedal steel guitar
Juan Sebastian Blanco – harp
Martine Sikkenk – mandolin
David Jansen – harpsichord
Fiona Robertson – violin
Mark Mulder – viola
Constance Allanic – viola da gamba
Dominique Chabot – double bass
Niek Kleinjan – percussion