When it premiered in 1786 audiences were intrigued as they watched real people wrestling with feelings of desire, betrayal, remorse, unbridled lust. Feelings they knew well themselves.
You are invited to watch preparations for the wedding of Figaro and Susanna, a day of wonder, deception, and heartfelt love.
The original title of the opera translates as, “Figaro’s Wedding or the Mad Day”, and from the first downbeat of the music, utter chaos unfolds with lusty boys dressed as girls, drunken gardeners, solicitous lawyers, mothers discovering long lost sons, forlorn wives, cheeky bridesmaids.
At the centre is Susanna, coolly and brilliantly navigating the mayhem, ably supported by her husband to be.
This new production by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan sets the story in a time where what was understood as power is crumbling as a new world emerges.
It could be 1786 or is it 2021?
Opera Queensland’s The Marriage of Figaro plays the Playhouse, QPAC 15-31 July 2021. For more information and tickets, visit Opera Queensland’s website.Jump to next article