Luca Pisaroni returns to the stunning Palais Garnier for a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Renowned for his musical and physical storytelling of Da Ponte’s works, Pisaroni brings his rich portrayal of the Count to the Palais Garnier, previously hailed by The New York Times saying: “a proven scene stealer himself, [Pisaroni] portrayed the Count compellingly, his projecting cleanly, his lustful finagling written on his every oily snoop and gesture.”

Netia Jones directs and does set design, costume design, and video in this new production, blurring the lines between fiction and reality, deftly using the shortcomings and dreams of the opera’s characters to make us reflect on what it is to be profoundly human.

The Opéra national de Paris’ new musical director, Gustavo Dudamel, leads a starry cast, including Peter Mattei as the Count Almaviva, Maria Bengtsson and Miah Persson as Countess Almaviva, Ying-Fang as Susanne, Lea Desandre as Cherubino, Dorothea Röschmann as Marcellina, James Creswell as Bartolo, and Michael Colvin as Don Basilio, among others. Performances will take place on January 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, February 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 16, and 18.

This production will be broadcast live on Culturebox on February 3, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and also, with the help of Fra Cinéma, in UGC cinemas, as part of their “Viva l’Opéra!”, in CGR cinemas and independent cinemas in France and around the world. It will be broadcast later on a France Télévisions channel. Additionally, there will be a broadcast via France Musique on February 26, 2022, at 8 p.m.

Photo: Chris Singer