• April 2018
  • Dublin, Wexford

The Marriage of Figaro

“There’s a heart in every beat, and vice versa, and never does Mozart give up on humanity” - Frederica von Stade, Mezzo Soprano

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Sharp comedy. Sublime music. A story of social and sexual power in the sultry setting of a wealthy Spanish household.

“It’s perfectly lovely; breaking from one beauty into another, & so romantic as well as witty – the perfection of music, & vindication of opera”.  Virginia Woolf, Diary, 1917

“ There are no winners or losers in Figaro, only slightly bewildered people who cope with the game of life... I turn the pages of any Mozart score and marvel. This genius defined the human condition in his music and we bravely try to squeeze his universe into the theatre”. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Opera Director

“A display of pinpoint perfection… if you haven’t heard Erraught… you’re missing out on an essential experience of 21st-century Ireland” - The Irish Times
“From the moment she walks on to a stage Suzanne Murphy holds Dublin audiences in a strange thrall…Ms Murphy is more than just a singer, she is an extraordinarily gifted singing actress” - The Irish Times

Cast & Creative Team


Figaro Jonathan Lemalu
Susanna Tara Erraught
Count Ben McAteer
Countess Máire Flavin
Cherubino Aoife Miskelly
Basilio Adrian Thompson
Bartolo Graeme Danby
Marcellina Suzanne Murphy
Curzio Andrew Gavin
Antonio John Molloy
Barbarina Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Bridesmaid Catherine Donnelly
Bridesmaid Dominica Williams
Chorus of Irish National Opera
Irish Chamber Orchestra

Creative Team

Conductor Peter Whelan
Director Patrick Mason
Set & Costume Designer Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Movement Muirne Bloomer