Image: Heikki Tuuli

The local Opera season has once again begun with a flourish of quality after a summer spent with its feet up, recuperating. Continuing the momentum, Le nozze di Figaro is being performed until 7 October, returning after being being enjoyed by receptive audiences earlier this year.

Composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the opera is based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ stage comedy La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (1784).

And so goes the story: amidst the tangled web of relationships, Marcellina calls in an old debt in order to tie the know with Figaro. While this may appear to be a relatively straightforward matter, complicating things is the fact that her future beau is in fact currently engaged to Susanna, who in turn is lusted after by the Count. Not to be outdone, the Count’s wife still loves him yet finds herself to be the object of Cherubino’s affections.

Widely considered a masterpiece, one of Mozart’s most brilliant scores produces a timeless comedy of human desires and emotions. The piece also explores social issues about nobility and servants that also bear relevance today.

Performed in Italian with Finnish and Swedish surtitles.

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Until 7 October
Finnish National Opera. Tickets €24-107
Helsinginkatu 58, Helsinki

Elsewhere at Finnish National Opera this month, the calendar is positively swollen with quality. John Cranko: Onegin, FNB Youth Company presents R&J, Pelléas and Mélisande, Horecna-Godani-Robbins and an encore performance of Kenneth Greve’s The Snow Queen are all gracing the stage on various dates throughout the month..

James O’Sullivan