Mozart’s enduring tale begins in the days approaching Figaro and Susanna’s wedding. The smitten couple’s upcoming matrimony is put under threat by the lecherous meddling of their master, Count Almaviva, who becomes determined to seduce Susanna before the ceremony can take place.
The pair ally with the rejected countess to outmanoeuvre her lustful husband and teach him a lesson in fidelity. Allegiances shift, plans are thwarted as the players schemes spin further from their control in this festive, fanciful tale.
Mozart’s playful mediation on love and fidelity is accompanied by a superb score filled with inventive and spirited melodies throughout.
ENO Harewood Artist Rhian Lois sings as the cunning maidservant Susanna, alongside Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans, making his ENO debut as Figaro. The beleaguered countess is played by the fantastic Lucy Crowe together with Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans as Figaro.
Other members of the ENO ensemble include Katie Coventry as Cherubino, Janis Kelly as Marcellina, Alison Rose as Barbarina, Colin Judson as Basilio, Keel Watson as Dr Bartolo and Paul Sheehan as Antonio.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the lively production assisted by Matthew Waldren, nominee in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards, who will take to the conductors stand for one-off performance on the 12th April 2018.
Set and costume design will be carried out by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Jean Kalman. Stephen Williams directs the video design for the production, Kim Brandstrup choreographs the piece.
Fiona Shaw's production remains regarded as one of the finest realisations of Mozart’s wit-riddled masterpiece, playing at the London Coliseum from 29th March to the 14 April 2018.
Recommended forMozart’s complex and compelling masterpiece is an ideal introduction to the operatic form, comprising a light-hearted farcical tone along with a stunning score.
Age Recommendations: No Children Under 5 years