Figaro Intertwines Mozart's Opera and Beaumarchais' Plays at American Repertory Theatre
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A great adaptation. Good acting. Super voices. Balanced in General. A little less english dialogue and more singing would have been nice.
It was a most enjoyable presentation and the audience responded to it. Wished I had seen Don Giovanni as...continued
A.R.T. begins its season with a pair of inventive opera-plays from Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Carmen, The Miser, Amerika). Combining the beauty of Mozart with the brilliance of one of France’s greatest comic writers, Figaro unites Mozart’s sublime Marriage of Figaro with Beaumarchais’ revolutionary comedy of intrigue and seduction. Figaro plays in repertory with Don Juan Giovanni, which shares the same set and cast. It’s an outstanding theatrical event that is not to be missed.
We are in Paris in the year 1792, and the French Revolution is raging. Count Almaviva and his long-time servant, the barber Figaro, have taken refuge in a deserted mansion across the street from the Bastille.
The Count spends most of his days hiding in a closet, with Figaro still tending to him, more or less. They bicker and insult each other, and remember their past life together in Seville – and their memories come to life before them.
Suddenly it is once again Figaro’s wedding day. The Count is plotting to seduce Susanna, Figaro’s fiancée; meanwhile, a young page, Cherubino, has fallen in love with the lonely Countess.
The Old Count and Old Figaro watch as their former selves enact their inevitable patterns of seduction and recrimination. Outside the Revolution blazes, threatening to engulf the aging aristocrat – and slowly past and present seem to merge.