With meticulous sets, costumes and lighting that make it look like something a Dutch master has painted, this Figaro is a visual treat. Mozart's scintillating score, composed in a whirlwind six weeks, is famous for its use of ensemble, with trios, quartets and even a sextet appearing throughout.
Based on the play by Beaumarchais, it’s a tale of love and lust across the class divides, with a philandering count trying to seduce his wife’s servant Susanna on her wedding day to the valet Figaro. Susanna will use disguises and tricks to fend him off, and shenanigans ensue.
Susanna in this production is played by up-and-coming Melbourne star Stacey Alleaume, with Russian soprano Ekaterina Morozova as the Countess, Tommaso Barea as Figaro and Mario Cassi as the Count. Scottish opera maverick Sir David McVicar directed.
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