Opera Australia presents the best of the bestin delightful The Marriage of Figaro

January 27 – February 18, 2022 | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Starring | Mario Cassi | Ekaterina Morozova | Tommaso Barea | Stacey Alleaume

Opera Australia has secured three of the world’s finest singers to make their Australian debuts in Sir David McVicar’s celebrated production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House this summer.

A regular on the stage of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and opera houses around Europe, impressive Italian baritone Mario Cassi will debut as the Count, a role he has perfected in Liege and Dresden. Stellar Russian soprano Ekaterina Morozova will debut as the Countess, a role she performed at the Bolshoi in late 2021, and rising star Venetian bass-baritone Tommaso Barea debuts, as Figaro himself, opposite celebrated Australian soprano Stacey Alleaume as clever servant Susanna.

Several of Opera Australia’s principal artists reprise their roles to round out the remarkable cast, including bass Richard Anderson as Dr Bartolo, Benjamin Rasheed as Don Basilio, Stuart Haycock as Don Curzio and Andrew Moran as Antonio. Agnes Sarkis will perform Cherubino, Sian Sharp plays Marcellina and Danita Weatherstone sings Barbarina.

All characters as witty, passionate and cunning as each other, Mozart’s light-hearted comedy presents a classic domestic spectacle of master against servants.

Renowned director Sir David McVicar stages the entertaining romp in the mid-1600s, with luxurious period costumes and sets by Tony Award-winning designer Jenny Tiramani, and clever lighting signifying transitions in time by David Finn. Talented director and Opera Australia regular, Andy Morton, leads this year’s production as revival director.

Accomplished Italian maestro Andrea Molino returns to Australia to conduct the Opera Australia Orchestra and Chorus through Mozart’s witty, fast-moving libretto and melodic, charming music.

Based on a play that was initially banned for its anti-aristocratic undertones, this sharp cat-andmouse comedy that heroes the underclass will delight and entertain audiences as it has done since its 1786 debut in Vienna.

Bookings
Adult tickets from $79 (fees may apply)
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200
www.opera.org.au

Creatives
Conductor Andrea Molino
Director Sir David McVicar
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set & Costume Designer Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer David Finn
Assistant Director Justice Jones Massaad

Cast
Count Mario Cassi
Countess Ekaterina Morozova
Figaro Tommaso Barea
Susanna Stacey Alleaume
Cherubino Agnes Sarkis
Dr Bartolo Richard Anderson
Marcellina Sian Sharp
Don Basilio Benjamin Rasheed
Don Curzio Stuart Haycock
Barbarina Danita Weatherstone
Antonio Andrew Moran
First Bridesmaid Celeste Lazarenko
Second Bridesmaid Angela Hogan

Performance information
Evenings at 7pm
January 27, 29
February 1, 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 18
Saturday Matinee at 12pm
February 12

Running time
Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes
including one interval
Performed in Italian with English subtitles

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