5 October 2015 at 10.55pm | 5 Comments
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.
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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.