Opera The Estates Theatre

Le nozze di Figaro - Prague Summer Nights

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prague Summer Nights Festival


Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Stage Director: Gayle Shay
Conductor: Timothy Long
Musical preparation: Prague Summer Nights Faculty
Set design: Josef Svoboda
Costumes: Eva Farkašová-Zálešáková
Production: National Theatre
Produced by Classical Movements
Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra
Chorus from the Prague Summer Nights voice program

The world-famous operatic version of Beaumarchais's "forbidden" plays was born in Vienna in 1786. Mozart chose this theme himself and asked for the libretto by Italian poet Lorenzo Da Ponte. Figaro’s wedding is famously associated with Prague. Although, the world premiere of the opera was held in Vienna, it was only in Prague that it experienced its first real triumph, thanks to which the impresario Bondini in Mozart ordered an opera designed specifically for Prague-which was later famous for Don Giovanni. There are few operas that have such a rich and tangled storyline as the marriage of Figaro. The subtitle of the Beaumarchais's master of the "Crazy Day" aptly describes his character. In this opera of jealousy and Love, Mozart’s masterpiece has a whole gallery of characters and figures, led by servant Figaro, his girl, a chambermaid Susanna, can the womanizing count Almaviva. The production highlights the talents of up and coming singers and musicians of Prague Summer Nights Festival.

The Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival presents a fully-staged production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro under the stage direction of Gayle Shay and under the music directorship of Timothy Long. Festival participants are from five different continents and are from top music conservatories and universities such as the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Southern California, the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, New York University, Northwestern University, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, Conservatorium of Sydney.

The Estates Theatre is globally unique as the one and only preserved and still functional venue where a world premiere of a Mozart opera took place with the composer himself conducting. The world premiere of Don Giovanni on 29 October 1787 was a tremendous success and from Prague the new opera set out on its journey to global acclaim and admiration.

The opera is presented in the original Italian version with English subtitles projected above the stage.

The duration is 3 hours 5 minutes with one intermission.


This production is not performed at the present time.

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