Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro
Rome, Teatro dell’Opera, 3 November 2018
Two marriages and an elephant
In his third production of Le nozze di Figaro, Graham Vick discards the 18th century altogether and stages the story in our rude present: “Today, the Rococo theatre can tempt us to a false nostalgia, thus minimizing the significance of certain issues. Da Ponte and Mozart give a report of their contemporaries, and so we must do,” says the director.
A painted elephant crushes the wall of the Countess’s bedroom. The “elephant in the room” is an obvious but ignored truth: the question of social differences, of the abuse on women, of the obsession of sex and power – urgent issues…