When Figaro met Ariadne
OPERA IRELAND Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Sat-Sun Apr 6 125-1120 1890-673727
Opera Ireland’s spring season repeats the tried and tested formula of coupling an old favourite, Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, with a work new to the company’s repertoire, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.
The Figaro, a Marc Adam production with sets by Jean Bauer and costumes by Pierre Albert, comes from Theater Lübeck in Germany, with the Dublin revival directed by Pascale-Sabine Chevroton. Heading the cast under conductor Jari Hämäläinen (now artistic director of Finland’s Savonlinna Festival) are François Lis (Figaro), Maria Carola (Susanna), Paul Armin Edelmann (the Count) and Daria Masiero (the Countess). The Ariadne auf Naxos (scheduled for three performances as opposed to Figaro’s six) is directed by Opera Ireland’s Dieter Kaegi with designs by Stefanie Pasterkamp and comes from the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. Japanese soprano Mari Moriya (above), a big hit in last season’s Turandot, returns as Zerbinetta, with Welsh soprano Alwyn Mellor in the title role. Walter Kobéra conducts.