Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro

8 June - 2 August 2013
Festival 2013

5* in the Financial TimesDaily Express, Daily Mail and Music OMH

Watch Figaro online until 31 August

Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro returns, with a new cast of singers and conductor Jérémie Rhorer making his UK operatic debut. The opera has particular significance as it was the first opera ever to be performed at Glyndebourne in 1934, with founder John Christie’s wife and co-founder Audrey Mildmay in the role of Susanna.

‘This is a Figaro of rare grace, naturalness and charm’, said The Daily Telegraph, and for The Sunday Times it was a production that ‘affirms Mozart’s most beloved masterpiece as both of its time and perennially modern, Grandage oiling the comic mechanisms of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto with a master technician’s hands.’

Mozart’s music is both exquisitely beautiful and painfully perceptive in the depths of its characterisation. The vulnerability of the Countess is laid bare, as is the predicament of Figaro and Susanna, forced to rely on their wits in a household where they are members of staff, in thrall to a master with no moral compass and low levels of boredom.

During the course of one mad day, tables are turned and expectations dashed; disguises are either penetrated or turn out to be disconcertingly successful; the plots of Bartolo and Marcellina are frustrated, the marriage of Figaro and Susanna is off again, on again, and ultimately, the Count is thwarted and humbled by the Countess’s forgiveness.

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Le nozze di Figaro (recorded live in 2012) will be in cinemas and online from 8 July 2013, venues and booking details are available on the 'In Cinemas' tab.

Reviews

"The evening is a complete delight."
Rated 5* by the Financial Times

"...a fun, feelgood evening with enormous flair — or should that be flares?"
Rated 5* by the Daily Mail

“The singing is excellent, the playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is crisp and delightful, but above all, Michael Grandage's production brings out the humour in the opera magnificently.”
Rated 5* by the Daily Express.

"...beautifully sung and acted"
Rated 4* by The Guardian

“…the stage is dominated by vibrant young singers at the start of what promise to be great careers”
Rated 5* by Music OMH

A revival of the 2012 Festival production Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and the Metropolitan Opera
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Supported by a Syndicate of individuals

Le nozze di Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Recorded live in 2012

Start times are approximate, please check with your local cinema.

If you are a cinema venue and are interested in screening our productions please contact screenings@glyndebourne.com

Cast and Creative Team from the 2012 Festival production

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Michael Grandage
Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Movement Director Ben Wright

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Figaro Vito Priante
Susanna Lydia Teuscher
Countess Sally Matthews
Count Audun Iversen
Bartolo Andrew Shore
Marcellina Ann Murray
Cherubino Isabel Leonard
Don Basilio Alan Oke
Antonio Nicholas Folwell
Don Curzio Colin Judson
Barbarina Sarah Shafer

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Part 2

Cast and Creative Team from the 2012 Festival production

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Michael Grandage
Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Movement Director Ben Wright

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Figaro Vito Priante
Susanna Lydia Teuscher
Countess Sally Matthews
Count Audun Iversen
Bartolo Andrew Shore
Marcellina Ann Murray
Cherubino Isabel Leonard
Don Basilio Alan Oke
Antonio Nicholas Folwell
Don Curzio Colin Judson
Barbarina Sarah Shafer

Act I

Susanna tries on a wedding bonnet, whilst her fiancé Figaro measures the room in the castle given them by the Count. She points out its dangerous proximity to the Count, reminding Figaro of the droit de seigneur, the ancient feudal right of masters to dally with their maiden servants. Figaro vows to thwart him. 

Figaro’s old enemy Bartolo and Bartolo’s former servant Marcellina enter with a marriage contract between Marcellina and Figaro, which they intend to enforce. 

The page Cherubino enters, protesting being sent away to the army because the Count found him dallying with the gardener’s daughter Barbarina. When the Count approaches, he hides. 

The Count romances Susanna. Her singing teacher Basilio arrives, forcing the Count to hide. When the Count comes out of hiding, he discovers the hidden Cherubino.  

Figaro arrives with a group of peasants praising the Count for abolishing the droit de seigneur. The Count sends Cherubino off to join his regiment.

Act II 

The Countess laments her husband’s neglect. Susanna tells her of the Count’s designs upon her, and of Figaro’s plan to send a cross-dressed Cherubino to meet the Count instead of her. Cherubino arrives to prepare for his ‘tryst’ with the Count, but the Count’s arrival forces him to hide in the closet. Susanna returns unobserved and hides.

The Count, told that Susanna is hiding in the closet, demands that she emerge. He goes to fetch tools to open the door, taking the Countess with him. Susanna releases Cherubino, who escapes through the window while she enters the closet. Returning with her husband, the Countess confesses that Cherubino is inside. Both are nonplussed when Susanna emerges.

Figaro arrives. The gardener Antonio enters complaining about someone jumping from the window; Figaro claims it was him. The Count is relieved when Bartolo, Marcellina and Basilio enter demanding that Figaro marry Marcellina or repay his debt. 

Interval

Act III

The Count pursues Susanna. She agrees to a rendezvous, but the Count then overhears her plotting with Figaro. 

Alone, the Countess ponders her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile the court case on Marcellina’s marriage contract has been resolved in her favour. Figaro confesses that he was born into a respectable family and requires his parents’ consent. In his description of his history, Marcellina recognises Figaro as her long-lost son; Bartolo is his father. 

Susanna and the Countess write to the Count inviting him to the rendezvous; a pin must be returned as acknowledgement. A group of peasant girls arrive offering flowers to the Countess, with the disguised Cherubino among them. Barbarina forces the Count to agree to let her marry Cherubino. The wedding celebrations begin. Susanna passes the letter to the Count. 

Act IV

That night in the garden, Barbarina laments losing the pin she was to return to Susanna. Figaro resolves to interrupt the tryst between Susanna and the Count.  Marcellina goes to forewarn Susanna. 

Barbarina hides, as do Figaro, Bartolo and Basilio. Disguised in each other’s clothes, Susanna and the Countess enter to ensnare the Count. 

Cherubino arrives seeking Barbarina, but sees (as he thinks) Susanna, and flirts with her. The Count takes Cherubino’s place wooing ‘Susanna’. Figaro, seeing through Susanna’s disguise, feigns seducing ‘the Countess’, and is caught by the Count, who refuses to forgive his wife for her apparent infidelity.  The truth is revealed and all is set right. 

Synopsis by George Hall

Creative team

Conductor Jérémie Rhorer
Director Michael Grandage
Revival Director Ian Rutherford
Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Movement Director Ben Wright

Cast

Figaro Adam Plachetka
Susanna Laura Tatulescu
Countess Amanda Majeski
Count Joshua Hopkins
Bartolo Luciano Di Pasquale
Marcellina Anne Mason
Cherubino Lydia Teuscher
Don Basilio Timothy Robinson
Antonio Nicholas Folwell
Don Curzio Alasdair Elliott
Barbarina Sara Lian Owen
First Bridesmaid Charlotte Beament
Second Bridesmaid Annie Fredriksson

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Audio files: 

Extracts from Le nozze di Figaro Glyndebourne CD 1962 recording. Available from our shop.

Adam Plachetka and Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro, Photo: Robert Workman
Joshua Hopkins and the Glyndebourne Chorus in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Timothy Robinson, Laura Tatulescu and Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Lydia Teuscher and Sara Lian Owen in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Luciano Di Pasquale and Nicholas Folwell in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Amanda Majeski in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Adam Plachetka and Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
 Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
 Luciano Di Pasquale, Anne Mason, Adam Plachetka and Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Timothy Robinson Timothy Robinson in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Adam Plachetka and Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Adam Plachetka and Laura Tatulescu in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Nicholas Folwell and Lydia Teuscher in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Lydia Teuscher in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Laura Tatulescu, Amanda Majeski and Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Amanda Majeski in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Laura Tatulescu and Joshua Hopkins in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman
Amanda Majeski in the 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. Photo: Robert Workman

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