The Marriage of Figaro
Tel Aviv Opera House
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro opened the Israeli Opera’s season, in collaboration with the Lithuanian National Opera.
Emilio Sagi’s direction and Daniel Bianco’s sets were mostly conservative. The chief hero in Act One was a double bed, accommodating whomever felt like changing their upright position. The comic element of this opera buffa was emphasized, though the humor was often more forced than amusing. Figaro’s revelation as Marcellina’s son occurred in passing, without the presumably intended surprise effect. Figaro’s and Susanna’s quarreling and peace-making scene, one of the opera’s most moving moments, was handled as a marginal event.