Royal Opera House: Le nozze di Figaro
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Royal Opera 2005⁄06 Season: Le nozze di Figaro
An opportunity to catch the much-loved 2005 production of Mozart’s commedia per musica, often cited as the greatest opera.
The Marriage of Figaro premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna, on 1 May 1786. Mozart conducted the orchestra for the first two performances. It’s adapted from a play by French polymath Pierre Beaumarchais and is the third in a trilogy following the adventures of the titular hero, following on from The Barber of Seville (1772) and preceding The Guilty Mother (1791). It unfolds over the course of one day, within the scheming court of Count Almaviva, whose palace is located near Seville. Figaro plans to marry but must outdo the lecherous advances of the Count towards his bride-to-be Susanna. She is the Countess’ maid, who aids Figaro in his attempts to expose the lechery of the count.
David McVicar directs, with Antonio Pappano conducting. Riccardo Fassi plays Figaro, with Giulia Semenzato as Susanna, Davide Luciano as Count Almaviva and Federica Lombardi as the Countess.