Le nozze di Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro

★★★☆☆

Rome, Teatro dell’Opera, 3 November 2018

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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…

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