The Metropolitan Opera company is brining one of the most enjoyable and celebrated comedic operas, Le nozze di Figaro, to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York for this season. Le Nozze di Figaro, translated as The Marriage of Figaro, is a comedic opera that follows the lives of the Count and Countess of Almaviva, their head of staff Figaro and Figaro’s love interest, Susanna. A philandering Count, a desolate Countess, a determined Susanna and a smooth Figaro; all four characters form a hilarious quartet. Punctuated by music from Mozart and lyrics by Lorenzo Da Ponte, this opera has been called a “visual and vocal treat,” by Gramophone.
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The Figaro trilogy traces the lives of four people who have become some of the most recognized faces in literature; Count Almaviva, Rosine (who later becomes Countess Almaviva), Figaro the barber/servant/head of house staff and his wife Susanna who also happens to be the Countess’ maid. The three installments; The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother tell the story of the marriages and subsequent troubles of the four main characters. While all three of the plays have been adapted into operas, it is The Marriage of Figaro that enjoys more fame than the other two. A four act opera, it runs for around four hours. While the length of the show might seem like a drag to many, the quality of the content, the entertainment value of the play and the captivating characters more than compensate for the run time.
The Marriage of Figaro, the second installment in the Figaro series, picks up a few years after the first, The Barber of Seville. The Count has already married the Countess and Figaro is ready to marry Susanna, a maid in the new Countess’ service. Figaro, who was previously a barber, has been brought in to serve as the head of the servant-staff of the Count and he is also the target of some who want revenge for the help he gave to the Count and the Countess in their marriage. While dealing with everything else, Figaro also has to handle the Count’s constant attention for Susanna.
The Metropolitan Opera is based in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Established in 1880, the company has been a pioneer, not just in bringing some of the most revered operas from all around the world to the US, but also in their efforts to champion some great new works. Shows like The Last Savage, Death in Venice and Mona Lisa have premiered at the Metropolitan Opera and they are now held in high regard. Currently, James Levine serves as the Director of the company and Peter Gelb is the General Manager.
Levine has received a National Medal of Arts and for his efforts. Prior to coming on board with the Metropolitan Opera, Levine worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and the Munich Philharmonic. Coming from a family of musicians, Levine was naturally gifted for this line of work, and he has done more than justice to the pieces that he has worked on. His repertory includes Fantasia 2000, The Great Gatsby, La Traviata and Cosi fan tutte. His expertise and direction has allowed him to conduct the opera with a different touch, and critics have applauded the energy that he puts in his production.
Apart from Levine, director Richard Eyre lends his unique interpretation to the show with his staging techniques. Eyre has done extensive work in theatre, television and film. His directorial debut was La Traviata. Apart from that, he has worked on productions of Mary Poppins, The Reporter and Private Lives. His honors include Evening Standard Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award. With a creative team that is second to none, this season’s Le nozze di Figaro is all set to be a delight. The opera is widely recognized as one of the best comic operas in the world and this year, it promises to live up to its reputation. Fans and opera enthusiasts can now catch this opera by purchasing Metropolitan Opera Le Nozze Di Figaro tickets.