Aarhus Sommeropera


Principals: Jens Søndergaard; Kristine Becker Lund; Johannes Mannov; Liv Oddveig Midtmageli; Jasia Nielsen; Carl Christian Rasmussen; Pia Schnack; Ingrid Vetlesen; Jens Christian Tvilum
Director: Hans Rosenquist
Designer: Karin Seisbøll
Conductor: David Riddell
The Danish Sinfonietta - Randers Kammerorkester

The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of Count Almaviva's valet Figaro, who is to marry the Countess' chamber-maid Susanna. Prior to the wedding, we are taken through scene after scene of comic intrigue, all of which is interweaved in Mozart's wonderful music. It is an gripping opera, with an certain degree of emotional intensity, and yet at the same time it is a complex comedy with an elegant and charming lightness. It is sign of a true masterpiece when intense drama and comedy are mixed in such a way that the audience are moved tears and laughter almost simultaneously..

This co-production with the Fynske Opera was a great success with audiences in Århus and Svendborg, with standing ovations at most of the performances. Director, Hans Rosenquist and designer Karin Seisbøll created a timeless frame, with room for both humour and gravity, which gave the accomplished team of singers the possibility of entertaining and moving the audience.

"Mozart feels quite at home in the intamacy of Helsingør Theater in the Old Town in Århus. His music belongs there. One could feel this from the first bar of the exhuberant overture, which David Riddell and Randers Chamber Orchestra delivered with lively energy and precision." (John Christiansen, Jyllandsposten)

"Amoung the female principals, Kristine Becker Lund sparkles as Susanna. She has the voice for the role, and the right combination of sweetness and lucidity in her performance, to make the role convincing and lovable. She is a talented singer still with great potential" (Ole Straarup, Århus Stiftstidende)

"Fantastic singers ..... Musically perfect. David Riddell is a highly competent conductor, who does not once fall into the trap of romantsizing Mozart's music, instead honouring the details of the score." (Lene Kryger, Fyens Stiftstidende)