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Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro

Backstage films from the live relay of Le nozze di Figaro including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

5 October 2015 at 10.55pm | 5 Comments

David McVicar’s Royal Opera production of Mozart’Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) starring Erwin Schrott and Sophie Bevan, was relayed live to cinemas across the world on 5 October 2015.

The relay featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the production, here’s another chance to see the films:

An introduction to Le nozze di Figaro

In this film the cast and creative team explore the reasons for its success and outline the plot. As well as fantastic music, the opera features a host of well-drawn characters. ‘What makes this opera so unique is that we have a series of what are seemingly stock characters, but in the hands of Mozart and [librettist, Lorenzo] Da Ponte, the music and the drama are intertwined in such a way that the characters become deeper, broader and far more human’, says revival director Leah Hausman.

Conductor Ivor Bolton explores the music of Le nozze di Figaro

The opera features some of Mozart’s most memorable music, including the iconic overture: ‘Almost everything is step-wise motion. Slithering and chromatic, it conjures up a world of intrigue’, says conductor Ivor Bolton. ‘This overture is exceptional in its capacity to conjure up the sense of the drama to follow, in its precision, its atmosphere, its brilliance and virtuosity.’

Ivor also explores the energetic finale to Act II and the redemptive finale to Act IV.

To see more films like these, subscribe to the Royal Opera House YouTube channel:

Discover more about Mozart and the premiere of Le nozze di Figaro in the exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, at the V&A Museum 30 September 2017–25 February 2018.

This article has 5 comments

  1. karin responded on 6 October 2015 at 11:28pm Reply

    Hey there,
    last night i enjoyed "Le nozze de Figaro" in cinema here in Germany. I would like to know more about the lovely host who did the introduction and during the break the interview with Erwin Schrott.
    His name was not on screen.
    greetings to the ROH-Team

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 3:14pm

      Hello Karin,

      The host for the Le nozze di Figaro live cinema relay was Simon Callow who is most well known for being an English film actor.

      Kind regards,

  2. JeroenW responded on 13 October 2015 at 6:38pm Reply

    Went to an encore this afternoon in my local cinema. Far exceeded my expectations. Will defintely do this again. And one day I will find the money to visit a live performance in London

  3. Liam responded on 13 May 2016 at 12:06am Reply

    Enjoyed Ivor Boltan's discussion about the foreignness music at end of the opera. Music so simple but sublime.

    Very special

  4. Eva-Christine Bergström responded on 12 August 2017 at 9:13am Reply

    I saw this performance twice and I loved it!!

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