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Opéra de Paris

Les Noces de Figaro LIVE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Marriage of Figaro is one of the repertoire’s most iconic works. Brahms spoke of it as a “miracle” and the Countess’s lament remains one of the most heart-rending musical pages of all time. By taking up Beaumarchais’ comedy, which had caused a scandal to shake Parisian society, Mozart and Da Ponte’s success was secured. The play had even been banned by Joseph II in 1785 at Theatre of Vienna. Did it shine too much light on the contradictions of an already faltering regime, ready to collapse with the French Revolution?

Netia Jones’ new production retains the very essence of Beaumarchais’ play as she humorously yet mischievously explores human relationships in a universe that confuses reality and fiction to the point of asking, like the Count: “Are we playing in a comedy?”


ConductorGustavo Dudamel

Director Netia Jones

CastLuca Pisaroni | Christopher Maltman | Maria Bengtsson | Ying Fang | Lea Desandre | Angelika Kirchschlager

Number of actsOpera in four acts

Total running time3h40 with one 30-min intermission

Sung inItalian


Date of performance2022-02-03

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