When Fi­garo met Ari­adne

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - MICHAEL DER­VAN

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.

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