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The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House August 6 – 29, 2015
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Thu 6.8.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 8.8.15
7:00 PM
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Tue 11.8.15
7:00 PM
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Thu 13.8.15
7:00 PM
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Fri 14.8.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 15.8.15
7:30 PM
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Tue 18.8.15
7:00 PM
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Thu 20.8.15
7:00 PM
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Fri 21.8.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 22.8.15
12:30 PM
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Sun 23.8.15
2:00 PM
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Wed 26.8.15
7:00 PM
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Thu 27.8.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 29.8.15
12:30 PM
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Sat 29.8.15
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 Jonathan Darlington*
Anthony Legge
Director David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer David Finn
Assistant Director Andy Morton
   
Count Almaviva

Andrei Bondarenko*
Shane Lowrencev

Countess Nicole Car*
Jane Ede
Susanna Taryn Fiebig*
Julie Goodwin
Figaro Paolo Bordogna*
Andrew Jones
Cherubino Anna Dowsley*
Sian Pendry
Marcellina Jacqueline Dark*
Dominica Matthews
Dr. 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

Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus

* All performances except August 14, 21, 23, 27, 29 matinee


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

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

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