About the showENO's season continues with Mozart's whirlwind The Marriage of Figaro, a collaboration with Oper Wuppertal. This thrilling and boldly comical revival plays the London Coliseum from 14 March 2020.
Le Nozze di Figaro (its original title) was composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It features an Italian libretto by Lorenza Da Ponte and is based upon Pierre Beaumarchais' stage comedy La Folle Journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro. A touchstone of the operatic canon, it has been performed countless time around the world.
In a continuation of The Barber of Seville, we encounter Figaro, who is working as Count Almaviva's head of staff. The lovely Susanna, who is the Countess' maid, is engaged to him. However, the philandering Count will stop at nothing to get Susanna into bed before her wedding day, believing this to be one of his right as her master. Susanna rejects him, but he does not relent. Figaro, Susanna and the Countess get together to plan how to outwit the odious creep. What follows is a comedy of mistaken identities, morality and chaos.
ENO Harewood Artist Božidar Smiljanić is the titular Figaro - his role debut. Louise Alder plays Susanna, Johnathan McCullough is Count Almaviva and Sophie Bevan performs the part of Countess Almaviva.
Director Joe Hill-Gibbins makes his ENO main stage debut, while Kevin John Edusei conducts. (James Henshaw takes over as conductor for a select few performances.) Set design is by Johannes Schultz, costume design is by Astria Klein, lighting design comes from Bernd Velder and choreography is by Jenny Ogilvie.
A cleverly woven story shot through with a sublime score, The Marriage of Figaro is a must-see. Witness Hill-Gibbins' delicious revival at the London Coliseum from 14 March 2020.