Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Le nozze di Figaro. It was last on stage 16 September 2013—15 May 2014 as part of the Autumn 2013/14 season.
Figaro and Susanna are looking forward to their wedding day, but first they must outwit Figaro’s master Count Almaviva, who seems to have designs on Susanna.
Le nozze di Figaro had its premiere in 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Lorenzo da Ponte – with whom Mozart later collaborated on Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte – created the libretto. It was based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content.
David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French chateau in 1830 on the eve of revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. The entire household is drawn into the notoriously complex plot, which covers all shades of human emotion: spirited playfulness, such as when Figaro sends Cherubino off to war in ‘Non più andrai’, is combined with heartfelt despair, such as the Countess’s grief at her husband’s infidelity in 'Dove sono i bei momenti'. But affection and fidelity prevail in this most warm-hearted of operas: the Count’s plea for forgiveness in the final act, ‘Contessa, perdono’, is one of the most moving moments in opera.
News and features
7 July 2014
Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.
6 May 2014
The Serbian soprano on using her imagination to round-off characters and moving into opera after presenting children's TV.
6 May 2014
The detailed match of music and drama makes Mozart’s comic opera one of the finest of the genre
28 April 2014
We take a closer look at the glittering Act III sextet from Mozart and Da Ponte's ebullient comedy.
6 November 2013
Head of Music for The Royal Opera to replace John Eliot Gardiner.
14 October 2013
Welsh soprano to replace Sally Matthews in the role of Countess Almaviva.
Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata (The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (1784).