FIAF is proud to partner with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet (AFPOB) to present the sixth consecutive season of The Paris Opera & Ballet HD screenings, bringing the company’s premier music and dance productions to New York audiences.
With its clever dialogue, sophisticated music, multi-layered characterization and universal themes, The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most iconic operas of all time. This new presentation by Netia Jones at the Paris Opera retains the essence of Beaumarchais’ original play, while cleverly adapting the story to a modern setting. The opera now takes place backstage at the famous Palais Garnier in Paris, with the Figaro character a prop and wigmaker, Susanna a costume designer and the Count as the harsh theater director. With this new production, one must ask—like the Count—“Are we playing a comedy?”
Approx. 4 hours including 1 intermission
Il Conte di Almaviva: Christopher Maltman
La Contessa di Almaviva: Maria Bengtsson
Susanna: Ying Fang
Figaro: Luca Pisaroni
Cherubino: Lea Desandre
Marcellina: Dorothea Röschmann
Bartolo: James Creswell
Don Basilio: Gregory Bonfatti
Don Curzio: Christophe Mortagne
Barbarina: Kseniia Proshina
Antonio: Mathieu Lécroart
Due Donne: Andrea Cueva Molnar, Ilanah Lobel-Torres
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Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – (1756-1791)
Musical direction: Gustavo Dudamel
Director: Netia Jones
Set Design, Costumes, Video: Netia Jones
Lighting: Lucy Carter
Choreography: Sophie Laplane
Collaborating director: Glen Sheppard
Dramaturgy: Solène Souriau
Video collaboration: Ian Winters & Lightmap
Chorus Master: Alessandro Di Stefano
The Paris Opera & Ballet
The Paris Opera & Ballet is a world cultural treasure with a rich history that underpins an innovative, vital present.
The Paris Opera traces its beginnings to King Louis XIV of France, who established a formal academy of music and dance at court in 1669. Over the centuries, the company has undergone many transformations as a public institution. Today the 430-member company of musicians and dancers, led by general director Alexander Neef, ballet director Aurelie Dupont, and newly appointed music director Gustavo Dudamel, collaborates with acclaimed directors, choreographers, and singers, and enjoys a position as one of the leading opera and ballet institutions in the world.
American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet
Incorporated by Rudolf Nureyev in 1984 and based in New York, the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet (AFPOB) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that raises funds to support the Paris Opera and promote French-American artistic exchange.