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Le Nozze di Figaro, by Giorgio Strehler

The legendary production of Giorgio Strehler

Opera buffa in four acts (1786), Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Le Mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Cherubino – cherub – is not a name bestowed at baptism. Mingling the sacred and the secular, it is an intractable contradiction, at once angel, child and Love itself. In paintings by Raphael and Titian, hovering blond cherubs accompany the Virgin on her Assumption. Fragonard cherubs, still hovering, make mischief, hiding behind a swing or laughing at the top of fountains. Apparently invisible to the other characters, they illuminate the canvas with love's smile, reminding us of our fatal need to love, the happiness it brings and its promise of pain.

Inspired by Beaumarchais, Mozart and Da Ponte's masterpiece returns to the Paris Opera in Giorgio Strehler's legendary production, revised and restored by those who attended its birth: Ezio Frigerio, Humbert Camerlo and Maryse Flach. With the finest Mozartians of our day, a great moment in the history of opera lives again at the Opera Bastille.

Photo: © Fred Thoulet/Opéra national de Paris

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Giorgio Strehler stage director
Humbert Camerlo stage director
Ezio Frigerio set designer, costume designer
Jean Guizerix choreography
Marise Flach choreography

Opéra national de Paris Choir
Alessandro di Stefano chorus master
Paris Opera Orchestra
Philippe Jordan conductor

Ludovic Tézier baritone (Comte Almaviva)
Barbara Frittoli soprano (Comtesse Almaviva)
Ekaterina Siurina soprano (Susanna)
Luca Pisaroni tenor (Figaro)
Ann Murray mezzo-soprano (Marcellina)
Karine Deshayes mezzo-soprano (Cherubino)

Movie director : Don Kent
Musical form : Opera

Duration : 03 h 00 min
Location : Opéra Bastille (Paris, France)
Production date : 2010
Production : © France Télévisions / Telmondis / Bel Air

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