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Mozart - Così fan tutte

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La Monnaie, Brussels, Sunday March 8 2020

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda. Production and costumes: Jean-Philippe Clarac, Olivier Deloeuil (> Le Lab). Sets: Rick Martin. Lighting: Christophe Pitoiset. Video: Jean-Baptiste Beïs, Timothée Buisson. Fiordiligi: Lenneke Ruiten. Dorabella: Ginger Costa-Jackson. Guglielmo: Iurii Samoilov. Ferrando: Juan Francisco Gatell. Despina: Caterina Di Tonno. Don Alfonso: Riccardo Novaro. La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

So, as I was saying last week... The idea at La Monnaie is to present the Mozart-Da Ponte operas as three episodes of a single work, in a single set and with the same cast, setting it in present-day Brussels and attempting at least to raise contemporary sexual and gender issues. As La Monnaie's programme is issued in French and Flemish, I thought it might be useful to translate a selection of phrases from an interview with the directors.

'What interests us as we work on the repertory is to give it a contemporary dimen…

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro

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La Monnaie, Brussels, Sunday March 1 2020

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda. Production and Costumes: Jean-Philippe Clarac, Olivier Deloeuil (> Le Lab). Sets: Rick Martin. Lighting: Christophe Pitoiset. Video: Jean-Baptiste Beïs, Timothée Buisson. Il Conte di Almaviva: Björn Bürger. La Contessa di Almaviva: Simona Šaturová. Susanna: Sophia Burgos. Figaro: Alessio Arduini. Cherubino: Ginger Costa-Jackson. Marcellina: Rinat Shaham. Bartolo: Alexander Roslavets. Don Basilio, Don Curzio: Yves Saelens. Barbarina: Caterina di Tonno. Antonio: Riccardo Novaro. La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

'The “great Italian three” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte reimagined as a single coherent trilogy: that is the challenge La Monnaie has taken on this season with the Clarac-Delœuil > le lab creative arts team and conductors Antonello Manacorda and Ben Glassberg. In their version, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni all unfold in the same apartme…