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Figaro-ci, Figaro-là!

  • Opéra des Nations 40 avenue de France Genève Switzerland (map)

A new production by the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Figaro is a character present in every era. Why did he interest Mozart and Rossini so greatly? Why does he appeal to us today? No doubt because he represents a humanity that resonates with everybody. Or, as Beaumarchais puts it in The Marriage of Figaro: “a shapeless assembly of unknown parts; a puny, imbecilic being; a small, frisky animal; an ardent young man with a taste for pleasure, who performs all jobs in order to live; master here, valet there, according to the whim of fortune; ambitious through vanity, industrious through necessity, yet lazy... with delight! Orator depending on the danger; poet through relaxation; musician on occasion, lover in mad surges...” He has seen everything, done everything, exhausted everything. In the same way that Beaumarchais, who went from being a watchmaker to a choir master, had a hundred lives, so did Figaro. In this musical episode, Beaumarchais will haunt the Opéra des Nations and will himself be haunted by his own characters: Bazilio, Bartholo, the Count. They will try to silence him, make him reason. Figaro does not reason; he lives in the present.

Performances on Nov. 13, 15; Dec. 18 (2017); Mar. 20, 22 (2018). For tickets, click here.

Earlier Event: October 28
La bohème
Later Event: February 1