Theatergoers and opera enthusiasts recently welcomed a brand new international production of Mozart’s comic opera, Le Nozze Di Figaro in the majestic Teatru Manoel, right in the heart of Malta’s capital, Valletta.
Dressed in ready-to-wear Gagliardi, the actors sang their hearts out to the packed plateau. The show was nothing short of mesmerising and captured the essence of a timeless Mediterranean appeal. Being that this is precisely what Gagliardi is all about, we were intrigued and wanted to dig deeper on what it really means being an actor and an opera singer in today’s day and age.
Le Nozze di Figaro – The opera stars the Count, a CEO, politician, diplomat and representative of the establishment, tries to ignore the massive forces of change heading towards his crumbling old palazzo (which is updated with all the mod cons), little realising that his household is already being radicalised. What we watch is how the revolutionary co-operation of the women across class boundaries leads to the triumph of love, acceptance and a tentative harmony as a new European order is built. Cherubino, a teenager caught up in the heady political madness, becomes an emblem of the new citizenry as he endlessly cross-dresses in pursuit of new and more fluid identities. Barriers are broken, structures soften and the inflexible bends.
This production of Le Nozze di Figaro brought to life all of the charm, humanity and wit of Mozart and da Ponte’s classic while restoring the satirical bite and political edge of Beaumarchais’ original play, in a contemporary context.