A Night at the Opera – The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at the Opera – The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Sun 14 Dec 2014, 7 pm
Cinematheque

From the organizer:

Come to the screening of a classic version of The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) by the composer Wolfgang Mozart.

The Marriage of Figaro, based on the stage play by Pierre Beaumarchais, premiered in 1786 and was the first of three operas composed in collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. The story is a follow-on to The Barber of Seville, the first of Beaumarchais’ trilogy. In the first of the plays, Figaro works with the Count Almaviva to win the hand of the lovely Rosina. Now three years later the honeymoon is definitely over and the Count has his eyes on Susannah, who happens to be Figaro’s betrothed. The Count’s ally has become his foe, and Figaro schemes with Susannah and the Countess to expose the Count’s licentious behavior.

The opera is a classic “numbers” opera with musical pieces stitched together by semi-spoken dialogue to move the comedy through a single crazy day. Countless musical pieces are familiar to anyone with an introduction to opera highlights. The composer Brahms wrote “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect.”

Language: The opera will be screened in the original language with English subtitles.

For those with membership at the Cinémathèque, make a reservation as usual by phoning the Cinémathèque, daily between 14:00 – 21:00 at 3936-2648. A limited number of tickets are also available through the Opera Guild, send an email to [email protected]. A donation of VND 60,000 is suggested.

Hanoi Cinematheque
22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
At the end of the alley leading to Artist’s Hotel

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