When actress Fiona Shaw took on Figaro in 2011, she dug deep into the humour and brought to bear all her experience on the stage to summon up the pace and characterisation that is all there in Mozart and librettist Da Ponte's score.
Baritone Ashley Riches, who has just scored a big hit in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni at Opera Holland Park, returns to ENO, where he was 2017's Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. Lofty and entitled as the Don, he promises to be a terrific Count Almaviva, the faithless husband who pursues his wife's ladies' maid Susanna.
Susanna is sung by rising soprano Rhian Lois, and her fiancé, manservant Figaro, by Thomas Oliemans. Lucy Crowe sings the forgotten Countess, and ENO stalwart Janis Kelly repeats the role of Marcellina that in summer 2017 she sang in Garsington's Italian-language Le Nozze di Figaro.
Martyn Brabbins conducts, with Matthew Waldren, the excellent conductor of Opera Holland Park's five-star La Rondine, guest conducting on 12 April only.
Mozart fanatics or newcomers alike will love this pedigree production, sung in English, with English surtitles.
|What||Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, English National Opera|
English National Opera
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
29 Mar 18 – 14 Apr 18, six performances; times vary. Running time 3hr 20min
|Price||£12 - £125|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|