The Marriage of Figaro


The Marriage of Figaro

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre November 12 – 28, 2015
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Thu 12.11.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 14.11.15
12:30 PM
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Tue 17.11.15
7:00 PM
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Thu 19.11.15
7:00 PM
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Fri 20.11.15
7:00 PM
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Mon 23.11.15
7:00 PM
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Wed 25.11.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 28.11.15
7:00 PM
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Upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, dressups and dressing downs, all in a day's work.

Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble writing, it's not hard to understand why.

"Music by Mozart and libretto by Da Ponte — this is the best you can get in an opera," says Nicole Car, who makes her Australian debut as the Countess. "Figaro is all about the interplay between the characters, so it's fun to work with singers you know really well to develop those relationships on stage."

Musically, this is the ultimate ensemble opera, with brilliant trios, quartets and even a fantastic sextet.

Dramatically, it's the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and tricks, lust and laughter.

In a not-so-subtle dig to the aristocrats Mozart derided, the opera makes a hero of the underclass, especially the servant Susanna.

"Susanna is the servant with more brains than everyone else put together," says Taryn Fiebig, who reprises her favourite role. "She's the puppeteer, manipulating everything to get herself out of a bind. She manages to save her job, keep her husband, fix her boss's marriage, get MArcellina off her tail and still be a lovely person!"

David McVicar won acclaim for his Covent Garden production of The Marriage of Figaro, so we look forward to his new production for Australia, conducted by Jonathan Darlington.


The Countess loves the Count, but the Count is keen on Susanna, who's engaged to Figaro, who finds himself in a whirl of longing, comeuppance, and total, utter madness.


Conductor Anthony Legge
Director David McVicar
Revival Director Matthew Barclay
Set & Costume Designer Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer David Finn
Count Almaviva Shane Lowrencev
Countess Jane Ede (until 19 Nov)
Nicole Car
Susanna Taryn Fiebig
Figaro Andrew Jones
Cherubino Sian Pendry
Marcellina Dominica Matthews
Bartolo Richard Anderson
Don Basilio Benjamin Rasheed
Don Curzio Graeme Macfarlane
Barbarina Eva Kong
Antonio Adrian Tamburini
First Bridesmaid Annabelle Chaffey
Second Bridesmaid Anna Yun

Orchestra Victoria

Opera Australia Chorus

Running time: approximately 3 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20 minute interval

Performed in Italian with English surtitles

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