The Marriage of Figaro
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sunday 15 Aug 2021 8pm
Probably the most perfect and popular opera of all time. A joyful farce in which we witness the foibles and intrigues used to reveal the indiscretions of a philandering nobleman, Count Almaviva. Some of Mozart’s most sublime music features in this bittersweet, yet uplifting comedy.
It has all the ingredients of a classic piece of 18th century literature – passion, lust, betrayal, deception and ultimate forgiveness. Yet the action takes place in just 24 hours and is liberally sprinkled with sparkling, farcical humour. Welcome to The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s ‘perfect’ opera with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte.
Opera Brava bring the masterpiece to life with a professional cast of top-class artists, lavish costumes and period sets. The production promises first-rate quality at prices that are a fraction of Covent Garden.
International baritone Hakan Vramsmo plays Count Almaviva, the over-amorous villain of the piece who’s determined to upset the marriage plans of his two servants, Figaro and Susanna with his ‘droit de seigneur’ designs on the young girl.
Figaro, played by Ian Beadle, is desired by Marcellina (mezzo soprano Anna Loveday), to whom he owes a substantial debt. Marcellina plots to force Figaro to marry her as a forfeit for non-payment. Her plan looks as if it will succeed until it is revealed, incredibly, that Figaro is in fact Marcellina’s long-lost son!
Meanwhile, Susanna (soprano Stephanie Bodsworth) hatches a counter-plot with the Count’s wife (soprano Amanda Buckland), herself coveted by the amorous page-boy Cherubino (Elspeth Marrow), to foil the Count’s plans to seduce Susanna and expose his adulterous intentions. Susanna agrees to a night-time rendezvous with the Count but it will, in fact, be the Countess who is to meet and confront her husband.
Disaster almost ensues when Figaro stumbles upon what he believes to be Susanna and the Count locked in an embrace and is beside himself with rage. However, he learns the truth just in time and the humbled, humiliated Count is forced to beg his wife’s forgiveness.
Under the direction of Bronek Pomorski and with Robert Bottriell as musical director, opera fans and newcomers to the classical entertainment are in for a real treat with this traditional production.
Completing the cast are tenor Martin Rendle as Basilio and Curzio, and Geoffrey Moses Covent Garden soloist (bass) as Bartolo and Antonio and Persha Darling as Barbarina.
Audience feedback from the 2018 Figaro tour;
‘Figaro was SUPERB. Loved, loved, loved it, Bravo!’
‘If you haven’t seen this production yet then IT’S A MUST!’
‘Such a great evening…loved the characterisations, beautiful singing, highly entertaining.’ ★★★★★
Reserved covered seating £30
Reserved covered seating Friends £27
Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £40.95
Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your ticket purchase.