Three times this week, Operavore presents a full production of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's hilarious and affecting classic. We hear a 2011 performance from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, directed by Lluís Pasqual. This was a co-production with Welsh National Opera and updated to a Spanish villa in the early 1930s.
To listen, simply click on the "Operavore" link on the player at the top of this page. The performance airs Thursday at 4 pm, Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.
One of the greatest creations in the entire repertoire, The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart's beloved opera centered on a single frantic day in the life of Aguas Frescas, the castle of Count Almaviva (baritone Borja Quiza). The count has designs on Susanna (soprano Ainhoa Garmendia), who is to be married this very day to the count's valet, Figaro (bass-baritone Joan Martín-Royo), but that doesn't stop the nobleman from pursuing a tryst with her. However, secretly, Figaro and Susanna--aided by the countess (Maite Alberola)--conspire to teach the philandering count a lesson.
Other major players include the amorous young page, Cherubino (mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont), Susanna's devious music master, Basilio (tenor Roger Padullés), Antonio, the count's gardener (bass Valeriano Lanchas) and an older couple, Dr. Bartolo (bass Gianluca Buratto) and Marcellina (mezzo-soprano Marie McLaughlin), who, much to his own amazement, turn out to be Figaro's parents.
Soloist: Borja Quiza, baritone, Il Conte di Almaviva
Soloist: Maite Alberola, soprano, La Contessa di Almaviva
Soloist: Ainhoa Garmendia, soprano, Susanna
Soloist: Joan Martín-Royo, bass, Figaro
Soloist: Maite Beaumont, mezzo-soprano, Cherubino
Soloist: Marie McLaughlin, Marcellina
Soloist: Gianluca Buratto, bass, Bartolo
Soloist: Roger Padullés, tenor, Basilio
Soloist: Vicenç Esteve, tenor, Don Curzio
Soloist: Naroa Intxausti, soprano, Barbarina
Soloist: Valeriano Lanchas, bass, Antonio
Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Chorus
Orchestra: Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra
Conductor: Christophe Rousset