"Marriage of beauty and accessibility"
by Maureen Mckarkiel for remotegoat on 03/09/17

The Marriage of Figaro is one of those pieces of work which is universally known, even amongst non-opera lovers like me. The opera is one of Mozart’s most loved and takes a comical look at a cast of characters and their convoluted relationships with each other. Susanna and Figaro are in love and due to get married but the Count, and all round baddie, is expecting to exercise his feudal right by sleeping with the bride to be, as is his custom with all the servant girls, on the eve of her wedding. This sets in train a series of often hilarious events complete with a happy ending.

Touring company, Magnetic Opera wants to make the art form accessible and open to more diverse audiences, and this production in partnership with the wonderful Barons Court theatre is a fine example of what they hope to achieve. It was mesmerising sitting up close, almost within touching distance, to a group of artists whose talent was at times simply breath taking. When Susanna and the long-suffering Countess sing one of the most famous songs from the opera, Sull’aria or the ‘letter duet’, I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck do that thing they do when you are in a heightened state of emotion. I had only ever heard it on record and was stunned at how beautiful it was live.
The company already has a number of successful productions to their name including, The Barber of Seville and Maria Stuarda, and plan to bring Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia to Baron’s Court. With the cost of a ticket little more than a pint and the privilege of experiencing musical talent in an intimate setting, booking early is highly recommended.

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