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Le Nozze di Figaro

“A lively and imaginative revival”

David McVicar’s 2006 production comes up vividly in this imaginative revival overseen by Thomas Guthrie. This is a Marriage of Figaro moved forward from before the French Revolution to another period of revolution – 1830 – and the class and gender as well as personal tensions crucial to the original are just as evident in a staging where the old routines are as sharp as ever. There are some new ones, too – all pertinent, and never just stuck in for the sake of it.

There are strong performances throughout from a starry cast. A rare visitor to the opera house, lieder-specialist Christian Gerhaher is a strikingly energetic if nevertheless surprisingly shouty Figaro. Simon Keenlyside returns as a Count of unusual detail and comprehensiveness, memorable in his every thought-through gesture. He’s ably partnered by Julia Kleiter’s cleanly sung Countess.

Joelle Harvey’s Susanna offers lyricism and plenty of personality, as does the Korean-American countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim – the first ever of his voice-type to take on at this address the role of Cherubino (usually cast as a female soprano or mezzo-soprano), and who makes a tremendous success of it; he is a seriously gifted actor.

Secondary roles such as Maurizio Muraro’s gleefully malicious Dr Bartolo, Diana Montague’s all-too-human Marcellina and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt’s brilliantly witty Basilio are in the safest of hands.

Period-instrument specialist John Eliot Gardiner leads a musical performance with some fast tempi but also with plenty of instrumental personality emanating from the pit, though there are surprisingly few decorations to the vocal lines.

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Production Details
Production nameLe Nozze di Figaro
VenueRoyal Opera House
StartsJune 29, 2019
EndsJuly 21, 2019
Running time3hrs 30mins
ComposerWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
DirectorDavid McVicar, Thomas Guthrie
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
Set designerTanya Mccallin
Costume designerTanya Mccallin
Lighting designerPaule Constable
CastChristian Gerhaher, Joelle Harvey, Julia Kleiter, Kangmin Justin Kim, Maurizio Muraro, Simon Keenlyside
Stage managerSimon Catchpole
VerdictRevival director Thomas Guthrie helms a lively production this classic David McVicar show
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