Opera in Cinema: Le Nozzi di Figaro
12/09/2012, 2:00 PM to 5:20 PM
$15/$12 Brooks members, free with VIP Film Pass. map
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s wonderfully
illuminating production of Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), new to The Royal Opera in 2006 to mark the
250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Life on an estate in the late 1820s
reveals with truth and no little wit all the tensions between master and
servants, with the symptoms of Europe’s social upheaval never far away. Count
Almaviva’s attempts to bed his manservant Figaro’s fiancé Susanna are
repeatedly thwarted by those around him, including this own wife, the Countess.
In such enlightened times if the Count wishes to dance, then Figaro will make
sure it is to his tune and not the other way around.
Mozart’s music makes this one of the finest jewels in the
opera repertory, with a wealth of famous melodies that start from the familiar
first notes of the energetic Overture. There is Cherubino’s breathless
infatuation in Non so più cosa son and the playfulness of Figaro in Non più
andrai as he sends him off to war, but there is also the genuine despair of the
Countess at her husband’s infidelity, revealed in Porgi, amor and Dove sono.
All shades of emotion are portrayed through the solos, duets and ensembles with
this stellar cast of singers, including Erwin Schrott in the title role,
bringing Mozart’s masterpiece to full dramatic life.
Royal Opera House | 2006 | 3 hours 20 minutes
Italian with English subtitles
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