Theatre: The Marriage of Figaro at The Royal Opera

An acclaimed production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro returns to The Royal Opera for its sixth revival since its 2006 premiere.

The Marriage of Figaro marked Mozart’s first collaboration with Lorenzo da Ponte and is based on Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro.

The opera explores the events of a single day at the estate of Count Almaviva.

The Count’s valet, Figaro, plans to marry the Countess’s maid Susanna but the Count wants Susanna for himself and is determined to prevent the marriage.

Combining intrigue, misunderstanding, romance and forgiveness, this heart-warming comic opera is one of Mozart’s best-loved works.

English conductor John Eliot Gardiner leads a stellar cast, including German baritone Christian Gerhaher as Figaro, American soprano Joélle Harvey as his beloved Susanna, German soprano Julia Kleiter in her Royal Opera debut as Countess Almaviva and British baritone Simon Keenlyside as her womanising husband, Count Almaviva.

Christian Gerhaher makes his role debut as Figaro, performing alongside Joélle Harvey in her Royal Opera House main stage debut as Susanna.

Simon Keenlyside returns as Count Almaviva, nearly a quarter-century after singing the role with The Royal Opera for the first time, while German soprano Julia Kleiter makes her Company debut as Countess Almaviva.

Korean-American countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim makes his Royal Opera debut as Cherubino, a role usually sung by a soprano or mezzo soprano.

British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague returns to The Royal Opera as Marcellina, celebrating the 40th anniversary of her Company debut.

Other members of the cast include Italian bas Maurizio Muraro as Bartolo and French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt as Don Basilio and John Eliot Gardiner conducts all performances.

The Marriage of Figaro opens on June 29, with further performances throughout July.

Tickets and information can be found at www.roh.org.uk

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