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Le nozze di Figaro (2015)

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

Le nozze di Figaro (2015)

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

The story

Figaro and Susanna are looking forward to their wedding day – but Figaro’s master Count Almaviva has designs on Susanna.

With the help of Almaviva’s wife the Countess and the page Cherubino, Susanna and Figaro finally outwit the Count. Humiliated and ashamed, the Count asks forgiveness from his wife – which she grants.

Background

Le nozze di Figaro was the first fruit of Mozart’s partnership with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte; they would go on to create Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. For Figaro, Da Ponte adapted (perhaps at Mozart’s suggestion) Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which at the time was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content. The opera was well received in Vienna but had only nine performances; its revival soon after in Prague was a tremendous success, and led to the commission of Don Giovanni. Figaro quickly entered the international repertory and has rarely been out of it since, admired as one of Mozart’s finest works.

David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French château 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: from spirited playfulness (such as ‘Non più andrai’, when Figaro cheerfully sends Cherubino off to war), to deep 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 an especially moving moment.

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

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

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