A scene from Act IV in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”
(Photo : Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2009 )
Mozart returns to the Met Opera for the first time Friday October 26 with Le Nozze di Figaro.
Nozze is considered one of Mozart's great comic operas. The libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte tells the tale of Figaro, the servant of the Count who wishes to marry Suzanna, another maid. However, the count has plans to exercise an ancient privilege of enjoying the bride the night before her marriage. His courtship and Suzanna's cunning ways to avoid the act leads to pandemonium that incorporates a number of other characters living in the Count's castle. The opera is filled with some of Mozart's richest melodies and most structurally unified work.
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Leading the cast as Figaro is Ildar Abdrazakov who was last seen in Modest Mussorsky's Khovanshcina. He has become a staple at the Met singing a wide range of repertoire from Russian operas to classic Italian ones as well.
His Susanna will be German soprano Mojca Erdmann who sung Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni and the Bird in Richard Wagner's Siegfried last season. Majia Kovalevska sings her first Countess at the Met while Gerald Finley plays her husband the count. Met audiences have seen Kovalevska as Mimi in La Boheme and Michaela in Carmen countless times while Finley's most notable Met roles include Dr. Atomic and Don Giovanni. Filling out the cast will be Chrisitine Schafer who brings her acclaimed interpretation of Cherubino to the Met stage. David Robertson is slated to conduct.
This cast of Nozze will perform from October 26 through November 13th. Hei-Kyung Hong steps in for Kovalevska for the season's final performance of the opera on November 17. Nozze is slated to run approximately 3 hours and 32 minutes with one intermission 1 hour and 43 minutes into the performance.
The current production is by Jonathan Miller with sets designed by Peter Davison and costumes by James Acheson.
Latinospost will be in attendance of this performance and will have a review for it.