A Day Of Real Madness, or Le Nozze Di Figaro

Christoph Marthaler (stage director)

Opera buffa in four acts (1786), Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Le Mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Mozart's famous opera is here given a modern interpretation while staying faithful to the original score and libretto, which proves the timeless nature of this story, originally written for theater by Beaumarchais. The action takes place in the wedding office of a city hall. Actors are dressed in modern costumes and use our everyday life accessories: Susanna listens to her walkman during Cherubino's aria and Count Almaviva uses his recliner as a seduction tool!

The most striking element of this staging is perhaps the "recitativist", a concept invented Christoph Marthaler to transmit the importance of Da Ponte's texts. Recitatives are not played on harpsichord but on an electronic keyboard that is on the stage and alternates from the classical sound of the harpsichord to the harmonica, accordion or even sound effects.

Christoph Marthaler stage director


Peter Mattei (The Count)
Burkhard Ulrich (Don Basilio)
Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro)
Christiane Oelze (The Countess)
Heidi Grant Murphy (Susanna)
Christine Schäfer (Cherubino)
Helene Schneiderman (Marcellina)
Roland Bracht (Don Bartolo)
Cassandre Berthon (Barbarina)
Frédéric Caton (Antonio)


Paris Opera Orchestra
Opéra national de Paris Choir
Sylvain Cambreling conductor

Movie director : Reiner Moritz
Playlist : Literature and music
Musical period : Classical music

Duration : 59 min
Production date : 2006
Production : © LGM
Available version(s) : EN, FR



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