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Marriage Of Figaro, The
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo d
Figaro Erwin Schrott Susanna Miah Persson Bartolo Jonathan Veria
Recorded Live February 2006
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s wonderfully illuminating production of Le nozze di Figaro (The
Marriage of Figaro), new to The Royal Opera in 2006 to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
Life on an estate in the late 1820s reveals with truth and no little wit all the tensions between master and
servants, with the symptoms of Europe’s social upheaval never far away. Count Almaviva’s attempts to
bed his manservant Figaro’s fiancé Susanna are repeatedly thwarted by those around him, including this
own wife, the Countess. In such enlightened times if the Count wishes to dance, then Figaro will make
sure it is to his tune and not the other way around.
Mozart’s music makes this one of the finest jewels in the opera repertory, with a wealth of famous
melodies that start from the familiar first notes of the energetic Overture. There is Cherubino’s breathless
infatuation in Non so più cosa son and the playfulness of Figaro in Non più andrai as he sends him off to
war, but there is also the genuine despair of the Countess at her husband’s infidelity, revealed in Porgi,
amor and Dove sono. All shades of emotion are portrayed through the solos, duets and ensembles with
this stellar cast of singers bringing Mozart’s masterpiece to full dramatic life.
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