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The Marriage of Figaro (2015)

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Running time: 3 HOURS & 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING 1 INTERVAL

The Marriage of Figaro (2015)

Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s glorious comic opera.

The story

Figaro and Susanna plan to get married - but their master Count Almaviva has designs on Susanna and is determined to stop the wedding taking place. Meanwhile the page Cherubino's passion for the ladies jeopardizes his job, and Countess Almaviva longs to regain her husband's love.

Figaro, Susanna and the Countess plot to shame the Count and save Cherubino from banishment. But their plans don't run smoothly, particularly when the elderly Marcellina tries to force Figaro to marry her. An astonishing revelation prevents this happening, but will the Count still find a way to thwart the wedding? And can the Countess win back her husband's affection?

Background

Le nozze di Figaro was Mozart's first collaboration with Lorenzo da Ponte, who also wrote the librettos for Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. The opera is based on Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais' controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro. This play was banned in Vienna due to its potentially seditious content, and Da Ponte had to excise much of its political content in order to get the opera accepted for performance. Figaro was a success in Vienna, and even more so in Prague, where Mozart reported 'nothing but Figaro!' was heard. It has remained one of the composer's best-loved works.

The score of Le nozze di Figaro is packed full of wonderful arias covering a huge range of emotions, from the humour of Figaro's ironic farewell to Cherubino ('Non più andrai') to the poignancy of 'Dove sono', as the Countess remembers past happiness. The opera also contains remarkable ensembles, such as the closing scene of Act II, in which Figaro's plans unravel at breakneck speed. As so often with Mozart, forgiveness is a key theme, and the Count's Act IV plea to his wife, 'Contessa, perdono', is one of opera's most moving moments. David McVicar sets the action in a château in 1830 on the eve of France's second revolution, exploring the political and class conflicts at the core of Beaumarchais' play, but also maintaining Mozart and Da Ponte's humanity and wit.

Credits

Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto

Lorenzo da Ponte

Director

David McVicar

Designer

Tanya McCallin

Lighting designer

Paule Constable

Movement director

Leah Hausman

Performed by
The Royal Opera

Performers

Conductor
Ivor Bolton
Figaro
Erwin Schrott
Susanna
Sophie Bevan
Count Almaviva
Stéphane Degout
Countess Almaviva
Ellie Dehn
Cherubino
Kate Lindsey
Bartolo
Carlo Lepore
Don Basilio
Krystian Adam
Marcellina
Louise Winter
Don Curzio
Alasdair Elliott
Antonio
Jeremy White
Barbarina
Robyn Allegra Parton
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Peter Manning
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Le nozze di Figaro Digital Programme

Le nozze di Figaro Digital Programme
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Cast sheets

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