OPERA IN THE TIME OF TRUMP AND BREXIT!
Teatru Manoel’s new production of all-time-favourite
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO is selling fast.
Teatru Manoel is presenting a completely new and exciting production of Mozart’s comic opera Le Nozze di Figaro on 28th February, 2nd, 4th and 6th March 2017. Tickets are selling fast so booking early is strongly advised.
Nozze, as opera lovers affectionately call it, is timeless and a favourite worldwide in which audiences cannot help but fall head over heels in love with the relationship of Figaro and Susanna and the shenanigans of the other colourful characters.
This innovative production promises to be thrilling and memorable and not just for its hummable beautiful melodies. Teatru Manoel’s Artistic Director, Kenneth Zammit Tabona, has spiced up this year’s opera production team by bringing young and talented practitioners such as director Jack Furness who just finished working on Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and Sean Buhagiar, fresh from his Teatru Malta appointment, to manage the production.
The international cast is stellar with Paul Putnins in the title role and the renowned Paris-based Maltese soprano Claire Debono as his fiancée Susanna with Christian Bowers playing Count Almaviva and Ruth Sammut Casingena his Countess. Mezzo-soprano Clare Ghigo takes on the role of Cherubino, a teenager caught up in the political madness who cross-dresses constantly in pursuit of new identities. Kinga Dobay plays Marcellina with Francesca Aquilina in the role of Barbarina. Emilio Marcucci plays Bartolo and Richard Roberts takes on both both Basilio and Curzio. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Philip Walsh.
The creative team also consists of a list of renowned artists; contemporary artist Pierre Portelli is designing the set, Chris Gatt the lights and Maria Muscat, of Babettopolis fame, the costumes.
The aim of this production is not just for it to be enjoyable and amusing, which it is guaranteed to be, but also relevant. Director Jack Furness is basing the opera (originally written in 1786) in modern Europe. It takes place today or in the very near future and relates to current political challenges; Figaro and Susanna’s story takes place in the time of Trump, Brexit, protests and other familiar situations.
In Teatru Manoel’s Le Nozze di Figaro, barriers are broken, structures soften and the inflexible bends. We watch how the revolutionary co-operation of the women across class boundaries leads to the triumph of love and acceptance. Along the way, two very different couples learn lessons about both life and love. This will, most definitely, be the most interesting take on what is arguably one of the greatest masterpieces by Mozart and Da Ponte.
The Opera will be sung in Italian with English and Maltese surtitles, a first at Teatru Manoel. Performances are on Tuesday 28 February, Thursday 2nd March, Saturday 4th March and Monday 6th March 2017, at 7.30pm with a pre-opera talk for ticket holders at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from www.teatrumanoel.com.mt, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 2124 6389.