OFFSpring: Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm
What cannot be spoken, must be sung
Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm is an online opera that serves as a counterpart to Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which had its online premiere at Dutch National Opera on 29 November 2020. 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.
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.”
Short introduction to the performance
Prepare yourself for the performance with a short introduction by the production’s dramaturg James Whiting. You can read the introduction here.
OFFspring is a series of special productions by young theatre makers and artists who have participated in previous editions of our Opera Forward Festival. For their projects, the different creative teams engage in a dialogue with the major opera titles that Dutch Nationale Opera had originally programmed this autumn, as well as with the various districts of the city of Amsterdam and its residents.
The assignment of the artistic team of Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm was: create a new opera that takes the opera Le nozze di Figaro and the district of Amsterdam-West as a starting point.
Watch the festival trailer: