28 Feb - 06 Mar 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Manoel Theatre


Teatru Manoel is proud to present a brand new production of the all-time favourite comic opera by Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro.

Alongside the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Philip Walsh, Nozze has stood the test of time with audiences always falling head over heels for the story of Figaro and Susanna.

Image above: Philip Walsh


The artistic director of Teatru Manoel, Kenneth Zammit Tabona, has spiced things up this year by bringing in a team of young practitioners. Sean Buhagiar, fresh from his Teatru Malta appointment, will be acting as producer, while Jack Furness, who’s just finished working on Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, will be taking over the direction.

Furness has based the opera – originally written in the 18th century – in Europe today or in the near future, making use of the current political challenges. Figaro and Susanna’s story takes place in the time of Trump, Brexit, protests, and other current affairs.

Le Nozze di Figaro tells us how a countess and her servant come together to chasten the aristocrat husband for his philandering. The count, in this version, is a CEO. The continent is on the brink of societal collapse, and popular movements of all stripes are rallying people to their cause. Barriers are broken, structures soften and the inflexible bends. We watch how the revolutionary co-operation of the women across class boundaries leads to the triumph of love and acceptance. Along the way, two very different couples learn lessons about life and love.


This production has a stellar cast, with Paul Putnins in the title role and the renowned Paris-based Maltese soprano Claire Debono as his fiancée, Susanna. The international cast includes also Christian Bowers as Count Almaviva, and Ruth Sammut Casingena as his Countess. Clare Ghigo is the wonderful Cherubino, a teenager caught up in the political madness who cross-dresses in pursuit of new identities. Kinga Dobay is Marcellina, with Francesca Aquilina in the role of Barbarina. In the role of Bartolo, we see Emilio Marcucci, and Richard Roberts in the roles of both Basilio and Curzio.

The creative team also consists of a list of renowned artists with contemporary artist Pierre Portelli taking on the set, while the lighting design is by veteran Christopher Gatt and the costumes by the talented Maria Muscat of Babettopolis fame.

The Opera will be sung in the original Italian with English and Maltese surtitles. Performances will be held on the 28th February and the 2nd, 4th and 6th March at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased here.


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