Opera Queensland’s invites you to a wedding the likes of which you’ve never seen before

The Marriage of Figaro is the opera that changed the direction of the art form.

May 26, 2021, updated May 26, 2021
Marriage of Figaro by Opera Queensland. (Image: Opera Queensland)

Marriage of Figaro by Opera Queensland. (Image: Opera Queensland)

When it premiered in 1786 audiences were intrigued as they watched real people wrestling with feelings of desire, betrayal, remorse, unbridled lust. Feelings they knew well themselves.

You are invited to watch preparations for the wedding of Figaro and Susanna, a day of wonder, deception, and heartfelt love.

The original title of the opera translates as, “Figaro’s Wedding or the Mad Day”, and from the first downbeat of the music, utter chaos unfolds with lusty boys dressed as girls, drunken gardeners, solicitous lawyers, mothers discovering long lost sons, forlorn wives, cheeky bridesmaids.

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At the centre is Susanna, coolly and brilliantly navigating the mayhem, ably supported by her husband to be.

This new production by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan sets the story in a time where what was understood as power is crumbling as a new world emerges.

It could be 1786 or is it 2021?

Opera Queensland’s The Marriage of Figaro plays the Playhouse, QPAC 15-31 July 2021. For more information and tickets, visit Opera Queensland’s website. 

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