Le nozze di Figaro

25, 28, 29 July at 19:00 • Matinée 27 July at 14:00

The Coade Hall, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9LH

An opera buffa in four acts written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1786 • Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte • Based on the stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais Une folle journée ou le Mariage de Figaro • Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) premiered in Vienna in 1786 with Mozart conducting from the keyboard. The applause of the exultant audience on the first night resulted in five numbers being encored. Upon its arrival in Prague that December, the newspaper Prager Oberpostamtszeitung called the work ‘a masterpiece’, and stated, ‘No opera (for everyone here asserts) has ever caused such a sensation!’

Considered to be one of the greatest operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro, is a supreme masterpiece of operatic comedy. The rich sense of humanity shines out of every note of Mozart’s miraculous score.

Brief Synopsis

The story deals with the trials and tribulations of the Almaviva family and the Count’s desire to continue the practice of droit de seigneur. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married despite the Count’s efforts to seduce Susanna – in the process teaching him (and we, the audience) a lesson in fidelity.

Cast & Creative Team

Count Almaviva tbc
Countess Rosina Almaviva tbc
Susanna, the countess’s maid tbc
Figaro, valet to the count tbc
Cherubino, the count’s page tbc
MarcellinaDoctor Bartolo’s housekeeper tbc
Bartolo, a doctor from Seville and a lawyer tbc
Basilio, a music teacher tbc
Don Curzio, a judge tbc
Barbarina, Antonio’s daughter, Susanna’s cousin tbc
Antonio, the Count’s gardener, Susanna’s uncle tbc
Conductor José Miguel Esandi
Director Paul Carr
Designer tbc
Costume designer Stewart Charlesworth
Lighting designer James Smith
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Orchestra Leader Emre Engin