What is the Marriage of Figaro About?
The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart is a comedy which will have the entire audience roaring with laughter. It is in short about a Countess who conspires with her aides to teach her adulterous husband a lesson. It is the best Mozart opera I have actually seen, and is definitely a great opera for beginners.
English Touring Opera take on the Marriage of Figaro
The only word I have is amazing. The staging is very simple but effective. The cast however, were amongst the best operatic performers we have seen. Ross Ramgobin (Figaro) and Rachel Redmond (Susanna) were exceptional. Rachel’s facial expressions were almost as good as her singing ability.
The opera is in four acts and it is all set in one day. With the last act being in the garden at night time. It is a 3 hour production (with a 20 minute interval) which leaves you wanting more. It is fast paced, and entertaining through out.
The taking of selfies at the start of the opera and the “men” wearing bras as they changed into their outfits was a very modern twist on the play. As soon as the play started though we were back in time with the beautiful costumes and wigs. In fact it was almost like a pantomime in parts. It was very slap dash and Ross’ dance moves were fantastic, although not sure the moon walk had been discovered when Mozart wrote the play!
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely without a shadow of doubt. The English Touring Opera’s take on this comedic opera in my opinion was second to none. All of the actors were amazing, but Figaro (Ross Ramgobin) and Susanna (Rachel Redmond) were perfectly cast.
If you have never been to the opera before, I would highly recommend this being the first. It is funny, it is easy to understand ( I know they sing in English, but sometimes it is still hard to understand what they are singing). This opera will have you hooked, especially if you are already fans of the theatre. Another great first opera is Carmen, check out my review.
Future Dates Marriage of Figaro:
- York Theatre Royal — 1st Jun 2018 – 7:30 pm
- Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent — 4th Jun 2018 – 7:30 pm
- Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 6th Jun 2018 – 7:30 pm
- Grand Theatre Blackpool — 9th Jun 2018 – 7:30 pm
Dates for Pucini Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi by the English Touring Opera
- Curve, Leicester – 30th May 2018 – 7:30 pm (TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE)
- York Theatre Royal – 2nd Jun 2018 – 7:30 pm
Do you love the opera as much I as do? What is your favourite play, please let me know in the comments.