Mozart’s comedy opera kicks off a weeklong visit from Glyndebourne

On paper the plot of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro raises an eyebrow and a ‘woah, the past was twisted’ but on stage it is a really entertaining soap opera-esque drama set with Mozart’s stunning score. A real joy to experience.

So if you’ve not opera’d before (I was in my thirties before I saw my first one) you don’t have to worry about it being a stuffy, hard to follow otherworldly exercise.

Posh man has servants, a couple of them are getting married and he wants to flex his power and get his hands on one of them. Wife of posh man and wife-to-be servant are tsssh’d (who wouldn’t be!) and games start to be planned to catch and trip people up in their devious (or innocent) ways!

There’s explosive revelations, tricks, hilarious escaping out of sticky situations and more.

At the heart of it all? Sex. Def not stuffy, huh?

The Marriage of Figaro was the first of its kind to tackle the dynamics between the ‘upstairs / downstairs’ and is very scandalous, imo by todays standards but was even more so hundreds of years ago – even getting banned by Louis XIV of France! Oops.

This production by Glyndebourne is with Michael Grandage’s 2012 staging is beautiful. It’s set in a 1960’s Manor House in Seville which is extremely opulent in the ‘upstairs’ quarters.

Mr LouBou and I agree it looked like it came straight out of Game of Thrones, and I guess that means it left the right impression, there’s nothing in Game of Thrones without the scandal, the sex and the warring classes!

All the events on stage take place in one single day. Definitely enforcing that soap opera vibe and making it quite easy to understand from a time perspective.

It is always amazing to experience a live orchestra at Milton Keynes Theatre and to hear Mozart being performed in MK is very special (trust it doesn’t happen often!) and with the talented vocalists of the cast. Just nom.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an opera fan, we all appreciate how hard it is to sing! Has anyone seen the TikTok opera singing challenge using the badass Queen of the Night aria? Search for it – pure gold!

Prospective Figaro audience goers note that this performance is billed with a running time of 3 hours 20 minutes (including interval) but last night took it up to 3 hours 35 minutes (including interval). Bums of steel needed but sooo worth it!!

And if you’re worried an Italian opera will be impossible to follow, there’s handy (English) subtitles above the stage.

Grab your wedding guest outfit and skip hop to dramatown. There may or may not be a wedding to go to!

Glyndebourne are at Milton Keynes Theatre Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 November 2022

The Marriage of Figaro is on Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 November 2022 only

Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support. 🖤

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