Le Nozze di Figaro at Carib 5 tomorrow
Le Nozze di Figaro, summed up as a spellbinding interpretation of Mozart's masterpiece, is the Met's Live in HD show at Carib 5 tomorrow, starting at 11:55 a.m.
In Jean Renoir's enormously influential 1939 film La Regle du Jeu, an estate in the French countryside serves as the backdrop for a story of marital discord, secret rendezvous, and illicit liaisons that cross class lines. The Rules of the Game, as it's known in English, is a comedy, but one with a sharp satirical bent, sinister underpinnings and an ambiguous ending.
The film was inspired by Beaumarchais's La Folle Journee, the source for Le Nozze di Figaro.
For his new production of Mozart's classic human comedy, director Richard Eyre, in turn, has been inspired by Renoir's film, setting the opera in an early1930s milieu that teems with sensuality. "The Marriage of Figaro is like very few operas in that it's about sex," Eyre declares. "There are a lot of pieces about romantic love; very few that are about sexual love."
"This is about desire, about attraction and about the dividing line between love and lust. So I wanted to move it to a period that was enormously sexually charged, and that to me is the late 1920s, early 1930s. It's just late enough to believe that there is a count who insists on exercising the droit de seigneur over the young girls in his employ."
The sexual shenanigans will be enacted by an extraordinary ensemble cast. Bass baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, memorable in the title role of last season's Prince Igor, sings Figaro opposite soprano Marlis Petersen as his betrothed, Susanna. Baritone Peter Mattei is the licentious Count and Met newcomer Amanda Majeski is his anguished wife. Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard is the pageboy Cherubino.
They will perform under the sure hand of music director James Levine, who has conducted Le Nozze di Figaro more than 65 times at the Met, starting in 1985.
The Met Live in HD season continues on the following dates:
Le Nozze di Figaro Encore, Sunday, Oct 26
Carmen (Bizet), Nov 1 (Encore Sunday, Nov 9)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), Nov 22 (Encore Sunday, Nov 30)
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner), Dec 13 (Encore Sunday, Dec 21)
The Merry Widow (Lehar), Jan 17 (Encore Sunday, Jan 25)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach), Jan 31 (Encore Sunday, Feb 8)
Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle (Tchaikovsky/Bartok), Feb 14 (Encore Sunday, Feb 22)
La Donna del Lago (Rossini), March 14 (Encore Sunday, March 22)
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Mascagni/Leoncavallo), Apr 25 (Encore Sunday, May 3)
Tickets are on sale for the 2014/2015 season at participating theatre box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.