Production photo of The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Mark Douet

The Marriage of Figaro

927 January 2022
This performance lasts about 3 hours 40 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music

From the headlong rush of the overture, Mozart’s timeless comedy is a breathless journey through one very eventful day in the life of an 1830s château. Figaro and his bride Susanna conspire to foil the unwanted advances of Count Almaviva, while the Countess has her heart stolen by a cross-dressing pageboy. Mozart’s music unfolds with beautiful solos and ensembles to amplify the deep emotions behind the seemingly farcical surface.

Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano brings his specialist perspective to Mozart’s effervescent score, sharing the baton with Christopher Willis. A young and predominantly Italian cast perform this revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous and hugely popular period staging.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by

Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing



All is not well In Count Almaviva’s château. Servants Figaro and Susanna are about to be married, but the Count has designs on Susanna and plans of his own for her. The young page Cherubino has enthusiastically discovered love, which is putting his place in the household at risk, and Countess Almaviva longs for her husband to be close to her again.

Figaro, Susanna and the Countess plot to shame the Count and save Cherubino from being sent to join the army. 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?


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.



There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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