Le Nozze di Figaro Chamber Opera , Schoenbrunn Palace Theatre , 27 August 2017 - 19:00

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Category: Chamber Operas Event: Le Nozze di Figaro Chamber Opera Date/Time: 27 August 2017 - 19:00 Venue: Schoenbrunn Palace Theatre Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien / Vienna (Map)

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The play takes place in the time before the French Revolution as the entire society of the Ancien Régime is faced with fundamental changes. It reflects the confrontation between representatives of the three classes of that era: the nobility, the clergy and the bourgeoisie.

The libretto of this musical theatre masterpiece harks back to Beaumarchais’ comedy La folle journée ou le mariage de Figaro. The comedy by Beaumarchais was politically more charged and had the corresponding effect at that time. In the Le Nozze di Figaro opera, especially the psychological correlations of the non-revolutionary aspects are in the foreground. Figaro becomes a revolutionary in order to defend his love. Mozart and Da Ponte designed the material in an extremely differentiated psychological manner. The conflicts that arise between the persons are more deeply elaborated upon than in Beaumarchais.


Since the 17th century occiasional drama performances took place in the park of Schönbrunn, but there was no permanent building until Empress Maria Theresia commissioned Nikolaus Pacassi to construct the Palace Theatre. It opened in 1747 in the western side wing of the Palace where then the empress watched her children dance, perform and stage tableaux vivant.

When Napoleon established his headquarters in Schönbrunn, the theatre was renovated. It reopened in 1809 with Racine’s "Phaedra". At the time of the Congress of Vienna singers of the Kärntnertor theatre performed there for the royal majesties then present in Vienna.

The theatre was used during the summer months under the reign of Ferdinand I when the Burgtheater (court theatre) performed mainly comedies.


- In cooperation with the Insitute for Voice and Music Theatre of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

- Soloists of the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna

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