Thu 3 Feb

Live from Palais Garnier: The Marriage of Figaro

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series, Special Screenings

Paris Opera on Screen, From Stage to Screen

Les Noces de Figaro

220 mins with one interval

with English subtitles

Opera buffa in four acts (1786) after Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais Le Mariage de Figaro | Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto Lorenzo Da Ponte | Direction, set, costume designs, video Netia Jones | Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with the Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Live Opera broadcast from Palais Garnier, Paris

The Marriage of Figaro is one of the repertoire’s most iconic works. Brahms spoke of it as a “miracle” and the Countess’s lament remains one of the most heart-rending musical pages of all time. By taking up Beaumarchais’ comedy, which had caused a scandal to shake Parisian society, Mozart and Da Ponte’s success was secured. The play had even been banned by Joseph II in 1785 at the Theatre of Vienna. Did it shine too much light on the contradictions of an already faltering regime, ready to collapse with the French Revolution? Netia Jones’ new production retains the very essence of Beaumarchais’ play as she humorously yet mischievously explores human relationships in a universe that confuses reality and fiction to the point of asking, like the Count: “Are we playing in a comedy?”


Il Conte di Almaviva / Peter Mattei
La Contessa di Almaviva / Maria Bengtsson
Susanna / Ying Fang
Figaro / Adam Palka
Cherubino / Lea Desandre
Marcellina / Dorothea Röschmann
Bartolo / James Creswell
Don Basilio / Michael Colvin
Don Curzio / Christophe Mortagne
Barbarina / Kseniia Proshina
Antonio / Marc Labonnette
Due Donne / Andrea Cueva Molnar, Ilanah Lobel-Torres

3 Feb 5.45pm


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