The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Opéra de Lyon
3 hours30 minutes
whose1 intermission (s)
- In Italian
With a sense of theatre, and an unequalled musical and vocal invention, this is doubtlessly the most “perfect” opera by the genius of Salzburg, which is really saying something. Then add a staging by the filmmaker Olivier Assayas and you have something to make you sit up and take notice !
Andalusia, at the end of the 18th century. Figaro and Susanna, the valet and the maid of Count Almaviva, are preparing their wedding. But the Count intends to seduce Susanna, come what may. Helped by the Countess, who is weary of her unfaithful husband, Figaro and Susanna attempt to escape from the traps set by Almaviva and his men so as to prevent their union.
The theatre and music, love and morality
To adapt The Marriage of Figaro, along with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, with whom he was later to write Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart carried out a wide-ranging transformation of Beaumarchais’s play. Les Noces de Figaro is a transfiguration, a sublimation that adds proverbial Mozartian lightness to the playwright’s words, underlining with finesse its universal preoccupations: social injustice, love and morality, male/female relationships, the injustice of justice... Olivier Assayas, a renowned filmmaker, and music lover, whose work is inhabited by two major motifs, the present and women, has thrown himself into this staging of the Noces... as his first incursion into the world of opera. And, by grappling with this emblematic work by Mozart, he continues to explore the imbrication of singular lives and the way of the world.
Orchestra and Studio of the Opéra de Lyon