Le Nozze di Figaro - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015) - Le Nozze di Figaro - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015)

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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.

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Schedule

September 15, 2015 19:00:00

September 18, 2015 19:00:00

September 21, 2015 19:00:00

September 25, 2015 19:00:00

September 29, 2015 19:00:00

October 02, 2015 19:00:00

October 05, 2015 19:00:00

October 07, 2015 19:00:00

October 09, 2015 12:00:00

October 14, 2015 19:00:00

Casting

David McVicar

Ivor Bolton

Christopher Willis

Stéphane Degout

Ellie Dehn

Erwin Schrott

Kate Lindsey

Louise Winter

Ann Murray

Carlo Lepore

Heather Engebretson

Robyn Allegra Parton

Jeremy White

Sophie Bevan

Anita Hartig

Krystian Adam

Alasdair Elliott

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Conductor

Il Conte d'Almaviva

La Contessa d'Almaviva

Figaro

Cherubino

Marcellina

Marcellina

Il Dottor Bartolo

Barbarina

Barbarina

Antonio

Susanna

Susanna

Don Basilio

Don Curzio

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