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All About The Marriage of Figaro

Posted on 8 March 2018

This July, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Nevill Holt Opera are bringing their brand new fully-staged production of Mozart’s most popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro, to Sage Gateshead.

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What’s it all about?

Composed just five years before his death, The Marriage of Figaro premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna at the height of Mozart’s career.

The opera continues the plot of The Barber of Seville, recounting a day of madness in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Figaro wants his bride, but so does his master, the Count. With the help of the rejected Countess, can Figaro and Susanna outwit the philandering Count before the day is up?

Where will I have heard the music before?

Music from The Marriage of Figaro has been widely used in popular culture, featuring in film, TV and adverts. Listen to our Spotify playlist with some of the opera’s highlights here.

The most famous piece of music from the opera is the Overture, which features in 2011 film The King’s Speech, with the opening also used in children’s favourite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to unlock the doors of the chocolate room.

Other memorable moments include Sull’aria in Shawshank Redemption, Voi, che sapete in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and Cinque, Dieci, Venti in period drama series Mad Men.

When is it?

The production arrives at Sage Gateshead for two performances on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 July, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North celebrations which are taking place across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the summer.

This will be the latest in a series of successful summer opera performances held at Sage Gateshead, following in the footsteps of Opera North’s hugely successful Ring Cycle in 2016 and Turandot in 2017.

For the Wednesday performance, which starts at 7pm, a bus from Carlisle is available for £8, with pick up points in Carlisle (The Sands Centre, 4.55pm) and Brampton (Police Station, 5.10pm).

For the Friday performance, which starts at 6pm, there will also be a dinner interval, with details to be announced.

Who is in it?

Young Leicester-born baritone James Newby will make his debut in the role of Count, while Lawson Anderson (2017 winner of Glyndebourne’s award for most talented young singer) will star as Figaro. Sky Ingram sings Countess and Aoife Miskelly the role of Susana while Joan Rodgers makes her debut as Marcellina. Full cast details here.

How can I book tickets?

Tickets on sale now from £20 and can be booked online here or by calling Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.

For more information about the production or other upcoming concerts in Sage Gateshead’s Classical Season, visit

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