Count Almaviva lusts after the delicious Susanna, Figaro's bride to be. The neglected Countess pines for her husband's attentions and, as she tries to make him jealous, love and suspicion abound. Figaro must unravel the threads before he and Susanna can tie the knot. Also performed as Figaro's Wedding
. First performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786 Sung in Italian with surtitles. Co-production with Opera Australia. Running time approx. 3hrs 20mins.Performers Natalie Christie (Susanna), Emma Bell (Countess Almaviva to Oct 30), Geraldine McGreevy (Countess Almaviva from Nov 4), Christopher Purves (Count Almaviva), James Rutherford (Figaro), Alan Fairs (Doctor Bartolo), Arlene Rolph (Cherubino), Anne Mason (Marcellina ex Oct 30), Ros Evans (Marcellina Oct 30), Aled Hall (Don Basilio/Don Curzio), Charlotte Ellett (Barbarina).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (after [Beaumarchais]). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini (to Nov 13). Conductor Gareth Jones (from Nov 18). Director Neil Armfield. Design Dale Ferguson. Lighting Rory Dempster.