Operavore Special: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Airs Thursday at 4 pm, Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 01:22 PM

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.

Cast:

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

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Comments [5]

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Indeed we will be running full operas now on Operavore! We will be presenting the World of Opera beginning this week. It will run Thursdays at 4pm; Saturdays at 5pm; Sundays at 1pm.

Mar. 10 2012 09:54 PM
Franklin Bloomer from Riverside, CT

I second the hope that complete operas become a regular feature of your music stream.

Mar. 10 2012 06:01 PM
Marianna from Manhattan

Oh, ok. It's NOT in English...cool!

Mar. 10 2012 05:07 PM
Marianna from Manhattan

Just listened to Don Giovanni - live delay from the Met on WQXR. Perfect that I'm going straight into Le Nozze di Figaro, even if it is in English.
Thanks OperaVORE!

Mar. 10 2012 04:46 PM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

Delighted that Operavore is playing a complete opera - great idea, I hope it becomes a regular feature of your exciting music stream.

Mar. 10 2012 05:48 AM

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