The Marriage Of Figaro
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Conductor: Clive Timms
Lighting Designer: Petr Vocka
Venue: Clonter Opera Theatre
Photos: Pauline Nield and Nate Gibson
With this production of Figaro, director Stephen Medcalf was interested in using the Spanish Civil War and the Surrealist art movement as a backdrop. We kept the original location in Count Almaviva’s manor outside Seville, but chose to reduce it down to the essential elements for telling the story.
Each set piece has a dual purpose of being both functional, and evoking sexual imagery that represents the opposition of the sexes within the piece. The first three acts evoke the austerity of the world Almaviva has built around himself, using bleak colours and crisp lines, while the final act expresses the passions of the lovers at night in the garden, through the vibrant burst of blue in the Spanish pines in the background.