PREVIEW: The Marriage of Figaro

Besi Besemar September 28, 2014

A new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is the centrepiece of the OperaUpClose autumn 2014 season.

Marriage of Figaro

The cast features Louisa Tee as the Countess, fresh from rave reviews as Violetta in La Traviata at Soho Theatre, sharing the role with Fae Evelyn, alongside a host of OperaUpClose favourites.

Rosie Bell and Sarah Minns are Susanna; Richard Immergluck and Alistair Sutherland are Figaro; Nick Dwyer and Tom Stoddart are the Count. Henry Grant Kerswell doubles up as Bartolo and Antonio and Mary-Jane de Havas plays the unusual combination of Marcellina and Basilio, with hugely talented newcomer Felicity Buckland as Cherubino.

A new orchestration for piano, viola and clarinet by Musical Director Alex Beetschen retains Mozart’s light-touch genius for drama and finds new colours in this much-loved score, while the intimate ensemble of three instrumentalists and seven singers ensures that every word of Robin Norton-Hale’s (La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata) new English version of the libretto will be communicated.

Directed by Sarah Tipple, who has revived Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly for¬†ENO and delighted audiences with her hilarious, award-winnng Barbershopera¬†productions, with 18th-century-with-a-twist set and costume designs by Ricardo¬†Pardo and lighting by Andrew May (La Traviata), this promises to be a highly¬†inventive and theatrical new production.

Event: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro

Where: The King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN

When: September 24 РNovember 8

Time: Monday – Saturday 7.15 p.m. and Saturday 8 Nov 2 p.m.

Cost: Tickets £10.00 Р£25.00: Box Office: 020 7478 0160

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