In November, State Opera South Australia will present this classic opera in a bold, modern version directed by Adelaide-based Nicholas Cannon (Love Burns, Christina’s World).
Sure to be an absolute hit, Cannon and his all-South Australian creative team are putting a modern twist on this production. The Marriage of Figaro is the story of a man and woman who fall in love and plan to marry but incredible drama unfurls in the lead up to the wedding. Forbidden crushes are disclosed, revenge plots carried out and secret long-lost sons revealed! Throw in a handsy boss, a cheating scandal and drunken gardeners and the perfect day soon erupts into chaos!
Cannon said “Together with our incredible cast and creatives, we’re catapulting the narrative into modern day with renowned operatic classics and a vibrant, fizzing score. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as Figaro and his betrothed fight the odds on their way to the altar,” he said.
Bass baritone Jeremy Kleeman and soprano Jessica Dean, last seen together earlier this year in State Opera’s H.M.S. Pinafore as part of the G&S FEST, portray groom Figaro and his beloved bride, Susanna, on stage.
“Figaro is the quintessential underdog and it’s impossible for the audience not to side with him.” Kleeman said. “It is a lot of fun to play a character who is so full of cheekiness, wittiness, boldness and charisma.”
Dean adds “Be prepared to have a laugh and be moved. This is the ultimate rom-com full of truth and incredible beauty. It’s the perfect opera for first timers, with plenty of arias that even non-opera goers would have heard before in movies and commercials”.
The principal cast rounds out with a parade of gifted Australian artists, and talent shines bright in the creative team as well with stunning set and costume designs from Ailsa Paterson, and lighting designed by Tony award-winner Nigel Levings. In the pit, conductor Tobias Ringborg helms the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Save the date for a funny, romantic, and scandalous night at the opera.
The Marriage of Figaro
16 Nov – 25 Nov 2023
Her Majesty’s Theatre