8 – 13 June 2021
Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s opera The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most popular and enduring operas ever written. Composed only three years before the French revolution, Mozart takes a subversive play of the same title, by Beaumarchais, removes much of the overtly political material; and then deftly weaves an opera in which the women drive the narrative. He achieves revolutionary statements on multiple levels much in keeping with Enlightenment ideas about the role of women and men in society and politics. The opera ends with a statement of compassion and forgiveness, much needed at the start of the twenty-first century.
Director Lindy Hume will create a new production that explores feminist ideas and Zoe Zeniodi will conduct the opera.
The talented directorial team will explore Figaro's potent politics; and it is anticipated it will be a catalyst for conversation of women directors and conductors in opera.