Opera Australia presents The Marriage of Figaro
Opera Australia has engaged three of the world’s finest singers to make their Australian debuts in Sir David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House this summer.
Accustomed to the stages of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and to opera houses all over Europe, the impressive Italian baritone Mario Cassi will make his debut in the role of the Count, a role he perfected in Liège and Dresden. Stellar Russian soprano Ekaterina Morozova will make her debut as a Countess, a role she performed at the Bolshoi in late 2021, and rising Venetian bass-baritone star Tommaso Barea makes her debut, as Figaro himself, opposite acclaimed Australian soprano Stacey Alleaume as the clever servant Susanna.
Several of Opera Australia’s leading artists reprise their roles to complete the stellar cast, including bass Richard Anderson as Dr Bartolo, Benjamin Rasheed as Don Basilio, Stuart Haycock as Don Curzio and Andrew Moran as Antonio’s. Agnes Sarkis will perform Cherubino, Sian Sharp will play Marcellina and Danita Weatherstone will sing Barbarina.
All equally witty, passionate and cunning characters, Mozart’s light comedy presents a classic domestic show of master versus servants.
Acclaimed director Sir David McVicar brings the entertaining antics of the mid-1600s to life, with luxurious period costumes and sets by Tony Award-winning designer Jenny Tiramani, and clever lighting signifying time transitions from David Finn. Talented and regular Opera Australia director Andy Morton leads this year’s production as revival director.
Accomplished Italian maestro Andrea Molino returns to Australia to conduct Opera Australia’s Orchestra and Chorus through Mozart’s witty, fast-paced libretto and charming, melodic music.
Based on a play originally banned due to its anti-aristocratic overtones, this sharp cat-and-mouse comedy about the underclass will delight and entertain audiences as it has since.
its beginnings in 1786 in Vienna.
- Conductor Andrea Molino
- Director Sir David McVicar
- Revival Director Andy Morton
- Scenographer and costume designer Jenny Tiramani
- Lighting Designer David Finn
- Deputy Director Justice Jones Massaad
- Count Mario Cassi
- Countess Ekaterina Morozova
- Figaro Tommaso Barea
- Susanna Stacey Alleaume
- Cherub Agnès Sarkis
- Dr. Bartolo Richard Anderson
- Marcellina Sian Sharp
- Don Basilio Benjamin Rasheed
- Don Curzio, Stuart Haycock
- Barbarina Danita Weatherstone
- Antonio Andre Moran
- First Maid of Honor Celeste Lazarenko
- Second Bridesmaid Angela Hogan
Venue: Joan Sutherland Theater | Sydney opera
Date: January 27 – February 18, 2022
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