Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro whisks us through the events of one crazy day as Figaro, the Count’s valet, tries to wed Susanna, the Countess’s maid, before their philandering master can bed her first.
Filled with Mozart’s glorious music, The Marriage of Figaro is widely regarded to be one of the greatest comic operas ever written. Fiona Shaw’s buzzing production sees its plot of sexual intrigue, mistaken identities and unexpected revelations unravel with clock-like precision within the confines of a maze-like household in which the servants are perfectly capable of thwarting their masters at every time.
In this production of The Marriage of Figaro David Stout and Mary Bevan star as the wily servants Figaro and Susanna, alongside Benedict Nelson as Count Almaviva and Sarah-Jane Brandon as the wronged Countess. Conductor Jaime Martin returns to ENO following his debut last year in Rossini’s Barber of Seville.
The Marriage of Figaro is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 20mins
Pre-performance talk with Figaro librettist Jeremy Sams and production manager Sheelagh Barnard: 23 Oct, 5 – 5.45pm, £5/£2.50 concs. Signed performance 6 Nov.
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Original production supported by a syndicate of individual donors
The Marriage of Figaro cast and creative team
Conductor Jaime Martin / Toby Purser 19 & 23 Nov
Director Fiona Shaw
Designer Peter McKintosh
Original Lighting Designer Jean Kalman
Revival Lighting Designer Mike Gunning
Video Designer Steven Williams
Revival Video Designer Ian William Galloway
Choreographer Kim Brandstrup
Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte after
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Translator Jeremy Sams
Figaro David Stout
Susanna Mary Bevan
Count Almaviva Benedict Nelson
Countess Almaviva Sarah-Jane Brandon / Eleanor Dennis (19 & 23 Nov)
Cherubino Samantha Price
Marcellina Lucy Schaufer
Dr Bartolo Jonathan Best
Don Basilio Colin Judson
Don Curzio Alun Rhys-Jenkins
Antonio Martin Lamb
Barbarina Ellie Laugharne