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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Marriage of Figaro wraps up production

21st October 2011

Culture vultures staying in central London hotels may be interested in catching a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the London Coliseum.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest comic opera's ever written, Mozart's piece brings audiences into a day in the life of Figaro, a local count's valet, as he attempts to marry Susanna, the countess's maid.

"Following her much-praised ENO (English National Opera) productions of Vaughan Williams's Riders to the Sea and Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, leading stage and screen actress Fiona Shaw plots a path through The Marriage of Figaro's moral maze of disguises, deceptions, sexual intrigue, mutual suspicion and mistaken identity," comments the theatre.

Former ENO music director Paul Daniel returns to conduct the young cast led by Ian Paterson, who was recently praised for roles including Verdi's Amonasro, Gounod's Mephistopheles, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Wagner's Amfortas.

Running until November 10th, The Marriage of Figaro has received praise from critics.

Telegraph reviewer Rupert Christiansen awarded the performance four out of five stars and strongly suggested people attend it.

"Humane, intelligent and buzzing with energy, Fiona Shaw's new production of Mozart's comedy - perhaps his greatest and certainly his most lovable opera - has much to recommend it," he reported.

The Independent, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express all heaped praise on the show, with the latter adding: "For sheer fun, this is the best Figaro you will ever see."

Additionally, the paper commented: "A magnificent no-jokes-barred free translation of the libretto by Jeremy Sams."

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