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The Marriage of Figaro


New Production

Spring 2016

What makes us tick? Mozart and his librettist da Ponte understood this better than most great artists. In The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart allows us to eavesdrop into a day in the life of Count Almaviva’s household.

Over the course of the opera we get to see each character’s agendas, flaws, wit and strengths. We also get to see flashes of ourselves in each character. The Countess struggles to come to terms with the possibility that her husband may not love her anymore in the heartbreaking aria ‘Porgi Amor’. In ‘Hai già vinta la causa’ the Count himself struggles with the reality that his privileged world may be changing forever. At the opera’s conclusion the Count asks for his wife’s forgiveness (and he probably means it for that moment). All seems to be resolved but we cannot be sure that he will keep his promise. Outside the Castle walls, a storm is brewing that will change everything forever.

The Marriage of Figaro preserves a moment in time for audiences of all subsequent generations. With sublime music and a huge sense of fun, Figaro, perhaps more than any work of art since captures what it means to be alive.

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• All performances start at 7pm

• Running time approximately three hours and 25 minutes including one interval

• Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Conductor Lothar Koenigs (until 9 March,
6 & 9 April) Timothy Burke (12 March – 2 April)
Director Tobias Richter
Set Designer Ralph Koltai
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom
Assistant Set Designer Robin Don

Figaro David Stout
Susanna Anna Devin
Count Almaviva Mark Stone
Countess Almaviva Elizabeth Watts
Cherubino Naomi O’Connell
Marcellina Susan Bickley
Doctor Bartolo Richard Wiegold
Don Basilio / Don Curzio Alan Oke
Barbarina Rhian Lois

In the Almaviva Castle, the wedding day of servants Figaro and Susanna is fraught with complications: Figaro must ward off the advances of the duenna, Marcellina, while Susanna must find a way to avoid her lecherous master. Conspiring with the heartbroken Countess, the young couple plot to outwit the Count, who is made to see the error of his philandering ways, in a day of scandalous revelation.


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