This year edition – the seventh! - of Opera in the Garden will begin where the last ended. In Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva succeeds in getting married to Rosina with the help of Figaro. Now it’s Figaro’s turn of getting married. However his wish is hindered by Count Almaviva, no longer the romantic youth he was in the Barber. Le nozze di Figaro (The marriage of Figaro) was composed by Mozart on a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. We will see it in a legendary production featuring Diana Damrau as Susanna and Ilebrando D’Arcangelo as Figaro.
Da Ponte wrote also the libretto for Mozart’s Don Giovanni, our second screening, in a production conducted by Riccardo Muti featuring Thomas Allen in the title role of the great seducer. Both productions are from Teatro alla Scala in Milan and are magnificently stage directed by Giorgio Strehler, one of Europe’s most celebrated theatre directors.
We shall conclude this season with a tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, in the 200 anniversary of his birth, with his Messa da Requiem, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. The sacred masterpiece features four of the 20th century greatest Verdi’s singers – Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicolai Ghiaurov.
Each screening is free to the general public and will take place in the gardens of the Italian Consulate at 136 Beverley St., Toronto, on a large cinema screen erected in the garden. Guests are invited to bring friends, family, blankets, and a picnic and are encouraged to dress in their finest operatic picnic attire for an evening that promises to be full of culture and entertainment.
Friday, July 26
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO / THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto Lorenzo Da Ponte
Director Giorgio Strehler
Conductor Gérard Korsten Orchestra & Chorus Teatro alla Scala
Starring Diana Damrau, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Pietro Spagnoli, Monica Bacelli, Gérard Korsten
Running time: 187 minutes
Production year: 2006
Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. with the film beginning at sunset (around 9:00 pm.). We will meet at 8:00 pm. Kindly look for us and our Meet-Up signs!
Bring a blanket or a chair for yourself.
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Your organizers have capped the member participation at 20, for ease of group management. This is a public event. Please feel free to attend even if our space is full.
Synopsis - Le Nozze di Figaro
ACT I. A country estate outside Seville, late eighteenth century. While preparing for their wedding, the valet Figaro learns from the maid Susanna that their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, has designs on her. At this the servant vows to outwit his master. Before long the scheming Bartolo enters the servants' quarters with his housekeeper, Marcellina, who wants Figaro to marry her to cancel a debt he cannot pay. After Marcellina and Susanna trade insults, the amorous page Cherubino arrives, reveling in his infatuation with all women. He hides when the Count shows up, furious because he caught Cherubino flirting with Barbarina, the gardener's daughter. The Count pursues Susanna but conceals himself when the gossiping music master Don Basilio approaches. The Count steps forward, however, when Basilio suggests that Cherubino has a crush on the Countess. Almaviva is enraged further when he discovers Cherubino in the room. Figaro returns with fellow servants, who praise the Count's progressive reform in abolishing the droit du seigneur — the right of a noble to take a manservant's place on his wedding night. Almaviva assigns Cherubino to his regiment in Seville and leaves Figaro to cheer up the unhappy adolescent.
ACT II. In her boudoir, the Countess laments her husband's waning love but plots to chasten him, encouraged by Figaro and Susanna. They will send Cherubino, disguised as Susanna, to a romantic assignation with the Count. Cherubino, smitten with the Countess, appears, and the two women begin to dress the page for his farcical rendezvous. While Susanna goes out to find a ribbon, the Count knocks at the door, furious to find it locked. Cherubino quickly hides in a closet, and the Countess admits her husband, who, when he hears a noise, is skeptical of her story that Susanna is inside the wardrobe. He takes his wife to fetch some tools with which to force the closet door. Meanwhile, Susanna, having observed everything from behind a screen, helps Cherubino out a window, then takes his place in the closet. Both Count and Countess are amazed to find her there. All seems well until the gardener, Antonio, storms in with crushed geraniums from a flower bed below the window. Figaro, who has run in to announce that the wedding is ready, pretends it was he who jumped from the window, faking a sprained ankle. Marcellina, Bartolo and Basilio burst into the room waving a court summons for Figaro, which delights the Count, as this gives him an excuse to delay the wedding.
ACT III. In an audience room where the wedding is to take place, Susanna leads the Count on with promises of a rendezvous in the garden. The nobleman, however, grows doubtful when he spies her conspiring with Figaro; he vows revenge. Marcellina is astonished but thrilled to discover that Figaro is in fact her long-lost natural son by Bartolo. Mother and son embrace, provoking Susanna's anger until she too learns the truth. Finding a quiet moment, the Countess recalls her past happiness, then joins Susanna in composing a letter that invites the Count to the garden that night. Later, during the marriage ceremony of Figaro and Susanna, the bride manages to slip the note, sealed with a hatpin, to the Count, who pricks his finger, dropping the pin, which Figaro retrieves.
ACT IV. In the moonlit garden, Barbarina, after unsuccessfully trying to find the lost hatpin, tells Figaro and Marcellina about the coming assignation between the Count and Susanna. Basilio counsels that it is wise to play the fool. Figaro inveighs against women and leaves, missing Susanna and the Countess, ready for their masquerade. Alone, Susanna rhapsodizes on her love for Figaro, but he, overhearing, thinks she means the Count. Susanna hides in time to see Cherubino woo the Countess — now disguised in Susanna's dress — until Almaviva chases him away and sends his wife, who he thinks is Susanna, to an arbor, to which he follows. By now Figaro understands the joke and, joining the fun, makes exaggerated love to Susanna in her Countess disguise. The Count returns, seeing, or so he thinks, Figaro with his wife. Outraged, he calls everyone to witness his judgment, but now the real Countess appears and reveals the ruse. Grasping the truth at last, the Count begs her pardon. All are reunited, and so ends this "mad day" at the court of the Almavivas.
-- courtesy of Opera News