• Season 2022-2023
  • Opera
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The Marriage of Figaro

The Lyon Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Studio

  • Dates Mar 17 - Apr 4, 2023
  • Rates From 10€ to 110€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 3h30, including 1 interval

In a few words

Games of deceit, secret doors, the lower classes uniting in intrigue against the powerful, betrayals, reconciliations and calls for forgiveness… Olivier Assayas, film maker and music lover, gives us a charming paean to passion in this production of one of Mozart’s best-loved operas.


It is completely understandable that Louis XVI would be upset by the Marriage of Figaro: the world that was coming, that of the servants, questioned a little too vigorously the world of the masters whose power was wavering. Beaumarchais had to wait three years until his play was first performed in 1784. It was a European triumph.
Mozart was thrilled and suggested to Lorenzo Da Ponte that they turn it into an opera. It was their first collaboration. The emperor demanded some cuts. At the première on 1 May, 1786, the reception from the local nobility was lukewarm, but the work triumphed everywhere else.
Olivier Assayas, filmmaker and music lover, emphasises "the dizzying humanity that emanates from Mozart's music, which is never without grace". He sees in the work the end of an outdated world, brought back to its savage state by nature itself, a necessary destruction and the promise of a new world. This is his first opera production.


In Italian with French surtitles

An opera in 4 acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Premiered in Vienna, 1786

New production
Co-production between the Lyon Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich)

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