LES NOCES DE FIGARO / program / Palais Garnier / January 2022
Sold by Opéra National de Paris
The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most emblematic operas in the repertoire. Brahms called it a "miracle" and the Countess's complaint still resonates today as one of the most heart-rending musical pages. By reviving Beaumarchais' comedy, which caused a scandal that stirred up Parisian society, Mozart and Da Ponte ensured their success. The play had even been banned by Joseph II in 1785 at the Vienna Theatre. Was it too much to expose the contradictions of a regime that was already faltering and ready to go under with the French Revolution? Netia Jones' new production retains the essence of Beaumarchais' play by questioning human relationships with humour but not without mischief, in a production that confuses reality and fiction to the point of asking, like the Count: "Are we playing a comedy?