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Le Nozze di Figaro premieres on September 15th at the Royal London Opera House - find out more!

12 September 2013 Events

Le nozze di Figaro - “The marriage of Figaro” - is on the schedule of the Royal Opera House in London from September 16, 2013. The most important opera house in the United Kingdom performs one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most musically mature operas. The production by Scottish opera director Sir David McVicar promises “revolution in the air” at Covent Garden.

The London Royal Opera House is set to stage the Mozart opera that is said to have the greatest psychological depth. The work, based on the play “The Barber of Seville” by Beaumarchais, was composed in 1786. The score was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the libretto written by his favourite librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. The opera was only moderately successful in Vienna, but triumphant in Prague, where Mozart was enthusiastically celebrated.

What better place to perform this opera than the time-honoured British opera house? And it will most likely be an exciting challenge for the experienced Mozart director David McVicar. Luca Pisaroni - an Italian bass-baritone - sings the part of Figaro, with which he is intimately familiar thanks to past productions. British soprano Lucy Crowe stars as Susanna and the Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic plays the ‘breeches’ role of Cherubino. Count Almaviva is Christopher Maltman from the United Kingdom; at his side the young Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson sings the part of the Countess. Carlos Chausson, Helene Schneiderman, Joshua Ellicott, Alasdair Elliot, Lynton Black and Mary Bevan will enchant the audience in other roles. The opera is performed by the Covent Garden house orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Opera Chorus.

The Royal Opera House – a royal ambiance for musical indulgence

The world famous Royal Opera House is located at Convent Garden in London and is home to the Royal ballet, the Royal Opera and the Royal Opera House Orchestra. In addition to its function as opera house and theatre, it has also been hosting the British Film Awards every February since 2007. On a side note: the best seats are supposedly numbers 7, 14, 15, 16 and 26 of the 10th row of the stalls.

“The Marriage of Figaro” is to be performed in September and October 2013, and May 2014. For further information please  visit the ROH website.

Le Nozze die Figaro to premiere in London

Le Nozze die Figaro to premiere in London

Production Image from Le Nozze di Figaro in London Photo: Royal Opera House / Bill Cooper