The opening of the season is going to be festive, appealing to all audiences with this new production of the exhilarating work by Rossini (1792-1868) - one of the most popular in the history of opera. The brilliance with which the Italian composer, then aged twenty-four, adapted Beaumarchais' play is quite extraordinary. The comedy is frenzied and yet structured with a clockmaker's precision and its compelling melodies whip the antics, mischief and tenderness up into a spiral of virtuosity. Everything is designed to irresistibly dazzle the spectators. Stage director Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau is making his début at the OnR with this opera and intends to paint that magnificent bragger, Figaro, with a certain panache and lustre. Figaro will enjoy serving the blasé nobleman, Count Almaviva, as the Count is thrown into turmoil at the sight of beautiful Rosina, stashed away in a dilapidated Seville palace under the sharp surveillance of a cynical old man... Conductor Michele Gamba, at the head of the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, is making his début at the OnR.
Overtitled in French, German