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About Marriage of Figaro
Lorenzo Da Ponte after Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
16 October – 23 November | 11 performances | Running time: 3hrs 20mins
Widely considered to be the greatest comic opera ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro whisks us through the events of ‘one day of madness’, in which Figaro, the Count’s valet,
tries to wed Susanna, the Countess’s maid, before their philandering master can bed her first.
Sexual intrigue, mistaken identities, confusion, misunderstandings, suspicion and unexpected revelations are played out 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 turn.
Described as "humane, intelligent and buzzing" (Daily Telegraph), this production of Mozart’s comic masterpiece returns to ENO with Fiona Shaw directing once again. David Stout and ENO Harewood Artist Mary Bevan, who make their role debuts as the wily servants Figaro and Susanna, lead an exciting cast of young singers. Baritone Benedict Nelson returns to the company to sing his first Count Almaviva, while as the wronged Countess we welcome Sarah-Jane Brandon, who performs the role for the first time in London. Conductor Jaime Martin returns to ENO following his debut last year in Rossini’s Barber of Seville.