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24 Jan - 28 Mar 2015

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786)

New production

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna.  The Countess is heartbroken by her husband’s faithlessness – but she is the object of the adolescent desires of the page, Cherubino.  And Figaro is in trouble with the housekeeper, Marcellina, who has lent him money on the promise that, if he can’t repay her, he’ll have to marry her …

The Marriage of Figaro is aptly subtitled ‘The Follies of a Day’.  Mozart’s music bubbles along with comedic high spirits, but it plumbs the depths of emotion, too, expressing the joy and pain of love and the agony and ecstasy of desire, until all is resolved in a spirit of forgiveness.

With recent work for Opera North including a deliciously funny Ruddigore and a heart-rending Carousel, director Jo Davies is perfectly placed to hold the effervescent comedy and the serious heart of Mozart’s sublime masterpiece in ideal balance.     

Free Inside Opera 
Fri 30 January from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room
Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Free pre-show talks 
Thurs 5, Weds 11, Tue 17, Sat 21 & Fri 27 February and Thurs 5, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sat 14, Thurs 26 & Sat 28 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours 13 minutes

Please note: performance time includes one interval

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English version by Jeremy Sams
​Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

What the critics say

[...] a Figaro of exceptional ensemble, rich in charm, humour and vitality: beautifully sung, sensitively staged. For pure enjoyment, what more can opera offer?

The Daily Telegraph - Full Review ›

Theatrical magic [...] Wittily directed by Jo Davies, crisply conducted by Alexander Shelley, Opera North’s new Figaro will give a lot of pleasure in its travels this spring.

The Times - Full Review ›

Ana Maria Labin gives a poised performance as Countess Almaviva; “Porgi, amor” was delicately coloured with longing and regret. Following Labin’s sad and wistful account of “Dove sono”, the letter duet with Susanna was enchanting, the two voices beautifully melding.

Opera Britannia - Full Review ›

Jo Davies’s lively and accessible new production [is] a marvellous springboard for the lyric and comedic talents of Norwegian soprano Silvia Moi, whose Susanna is an infectious bundle of perpetual motion.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

The show is excellent on a musical level, too, with standout vocal and dramatic performances [...] At the centre stands Richard Burkhard’s genial Figaro, a live-wire interpretation around whom the action revolves

The Stage - Full Review ›



The Marriage of Figaro: Five fascinating facts


The Marriage of Figaro opens here at Opera North in just a few days time! Whether you are new to the opera or whether The Marriage of Figaro is a well-loved favourite, find out all about Mozart’s masterpiece here – its scandalous history, i... Read More

  • Figaro Richard Burkhard
  • Susanna Silvia Moi
  • Count Almaviva Quirijn de Lang
  • Countess Almaviva Ana Maria Labin
  • Cherubino Helen Sherman
  • Doctor Bartolo Henry Waddington
  • Doctor Bartolo Dean Robinson (11, 17, 21, 27 Feb; 5, 7 Mar)
  • Don Basilio Joseph Shovelton
  • Marcellina Gaynor Keeble
  • Antonio Jeremy Peaker
  • Barbarina Ellie Laugharne
  • Don Curzio Nicholas Watts
Creative Team
  • Conductor Alexander Shelley
  • Conductor Anthony Kraus (14, 26, 28 Mar)
  • Director Jo Davies
  • Set Designer Leslie Travers
  • Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton
  • Lighting Designer James Farncombe
  • English translation Jeremy Sams

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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What you say

Comment from John


John said ago

I must have seen Figaro at least half a dozen times, and this was up there with the best! Great casting, great singing, and setting it in the early 20th century worked wonderfully well. No surtitles, but no need for any-all clear as a bell. However.... am I alone in believing that an opera's overture shouldn't need the help of anything going on onstage? Figaro's overture in anyone's terms is one of opera's great ones. It doesn't need the accompaniment of people going in and out of doors, which, in any case added precisely nothing to the plot. Curtain down for the overture please!

Comment from Poppy


Poppy said ago

A wonderful performance. Each voice is truly beautiful, everybody acts brilliantly, and the complicated plot unfolds with hilarity and touching grief: Anna Maria Labin’s Dove Sono was heartbreakingly lovely. Unfortunately the set designer has muddled the idea of back-stairs, where servants live, with a movie back lot. Sometimes the singers can barely be seen or heard among enormous, intrusive, shadowy, acoustically blocking scaffoldings. Notwithstanding the sadness of seeing these supremely talented people struggling to survive a designer’s unhelpful concept, this was still the best Figaro I have ever seen: a triumph of singers over set. And the orchestra is excellent, with very fine fortepiano continuo from Annette Saunders. Thank you! What a relief after your ghastly Vida Breve to find this production is free from unscripted rapes and murders.

OPERA NORTH response:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed Saturday's performance. In reference to the set design we would like to point you to our short film with designer Leslie Travers, where he talks about the set in more detail. http://youtu.be/GO53GdJc-IA?list=PLQg96imuuOC-vgolIlTNqmFUyeXWtF626

We hope to see you back at an Opera North production soon.

Comment from Mrs G MacIntosh


Mrs G MacIntosh said ago

I see some previous comments expressed disappointment with sightlines. We also had difficulty in seeing despite being only 3rd row back on the Upper Circle, where we have sat before and has good views. The problem was that the size of the set forced much of the action to the front of the stage, and into cramped areas. The quality of the orchestra was, as always in our experience, excellent, though I do have to say that female voices were sometimes drowned out by poor sound balance.

OPERA NORTH response:

Many thanks for your feedback on The Marriage of Figaro.

We are sorry to that you had difficulty with sightlines. As we expressed in a previous comment, please be assured that sightlines are very important to us and are rigorously checked from the initial design through to the stage rehearsals. We recommend checking with the Box office for the best seats available or contact us at info@operanorth.co.uk and we’re happy to advise in future.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the orchestra's performance and we do hope to see you again soon.

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Heather Shaw - thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed. Boxes offer a different experience in the theatre, because of their position very close to the stage, but boxes are awkwardly placed in terms of the view of the complete stage area. However, please be assured that sightlines are very important to us and are rigorously checked from the initial design through to the stage rehearsals. The view was checked carefully from extreme positions in different parts of the auditorium so I am sorry that you found it unsatisfactory. We recommend checking with the Box office for the best seats available or contact us at info@operanorth.co.uk and we’re happy to advise in future.

Comment from Steve


Steve said ago

Saw this magnificent production 4 weeks ago and had to return to view it from better seats on Friday. All participants deserve the highest praise for a wonderfully sung and acted Figaro. Still buzzing two days later!

Comment from Diane


Diane said ago

My first opera and what a night! I loved the cast and the storyline and thought if this is what seeing an opera is like I will definitely consider going again. Wonderful.

Comment from Heather Shaw


Heather Shaw said ago

Although I enjoyed the excellent music and the parts of the performance of Marriage of Figaro that I could see, I have to say my overall experience at the theatre was very disappointing. This was through no fault of the cast or orchestra but was due to the vast majority of the action taking place on the left hand side of the stage. We had a stage left box set back from the stage itself and as a result I couldn't see the performers for about 90% of the opera before the interval, and again for a large part of the remainder of the performance. Figaro and Susanna's apartment was set out on the left of the stage, as was the bedroom of the countess and the office of the count. I was relieved that I had bought and read my programme as I have not seen this particular opera before and otherwise would have struggled to work out what was going on without seeing the performers!

I am a frequent theatre-goer - I do appreciate that some seats are better than others and you do get what you pay for. However in this case the seating would not have been a problem had the performance not been continually biased on the one side of the stage which I could not see. What a shame.

Comment from Bill Collier


Bill Collier said ago

Great singers. Very well acted, Well staged. The tempi seemed on the slow side. Enjoyed it very much.

Comment from M.Couch


M.Couch said ago

Just got in from seeing the show,singing great( pity the orchestra over powered the singers at times so words lost) loved the set and the effortless change of scenes, shame we could not applaud the chorus at the end. Costumes and changes very effective and seamless. Well done a show worth seeing.

Comment from Northernjen


Northernjen said ago

Absolutely brilliantly well done. I was not bored ever for a start but more than that, the cast performed to everyone even in the upper circle. The singing was stupendous. At first I thought that Cherubino was the best singer maybe level with Susannah and then Countess Almaviva performed a solo as did the Count. Wow. Even the late coming girlfriend of Cherubino had an amazing voice and the way the Count made love to Susannah roused emotions in anybodys heart. The whole performance was gripping and Figaro was the strong connecting feature with his superb voice but what a cast!!
I cant wait to see them again. My only regret was that I took my boots off and didnt want to walk about in the interval so my legs ached awfully during the last 10 minutes but how they all sang so much and so long was incredible. I laughed too which is just so good for an Opera.
I would recommend this to anyone even if you dont think you like opera go to see these amazing people sing so wonderfully you will be missing something in life if you do not experience this believe me. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to the cast xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
If you want to really enjoy opera I cant say enough for this cast except very very well done and thankyou to my daughter, Katie for buying me this lovely gift for my birthday. I will never forget it. :)

Comment from magpop


magpop said ago

First time I have seen this opera sung in English so it took a little getting used to but gradually began to really enjoy the fact that it being in English gave more opportunity for comedy.very impressed by Countess's performance and her aria in third (or fourth?) act was wonderful.Very impressed with the Figaro who stepped in while original was ill. What a triumph.

Comment from Brian Waters


Brian Waters said ago

Overall a great performance of Figaro as an ensemble with band and cast on top form. Worth mentioning: Susanna sparkling throughout; Figaro's acting superb; Count's big aria after interval outstanding for gesture and movement - he should sing Onegin; Cherubino the best britches role ever; The Countess a convincing doormat. LoL too.

Comment from Honest Mum (honestmum.com)


Honest Mum (honestmum.com) said ago

A captivating production with an outstanding ensemble cast-loved the brilliant 20th century style costume design and a natural translation making the plot easy to follow. Perfect comic timing for the actors too. I would highly recommend this production (and will do on my blog soon too). Thanks.

Comment from David & Richard


David & Richard said ago

We both loved the performance - comically entertaining and wonderfully sung in English. THe music was beautiful and staging very clever. I have been recommending the production to all my friends and family. Well done and thanks for a great night

Comment from Kevin


Kevin said ago

As much as I enjoy a good panto, the sparklers went a bit too far and didn't really add anything.

Comment from Mike Collier


Mike Collier said ago

We thoroughly enjoyed The Marriage of Figaro.We thought the performances were excellent across the whole cast and orchestra. One reservation - we weren't sure that the set design worked as well as it might have.

Comment from Peter Bloodworth


Peter Bloodworth said ago

Faultless! A simply delightful evening in which, one minute, we were laughing until we cried and, the next, were enraptured by the magical singing of each of the principals in their arias. There is no need to single out any of the soloists for praise as they all added to such a wonderful ensemble. Needless to say, the chorus and orchestra were up to their own consistently high standards. The whole company show themselves to be as brilliant in Mozart as in Verdi or Wagner. I may well come to a second performance - whether I win the tickets or not!

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Hi Robin,
General bookings opens on 11 July. You can book earlier, secure best seats - and save money - if you go for a season package. We will publish details shortly - so watch this space or sign up to our newsletter if you haven't yet.

Comment from Robin Bowes


Robin Bowes said ago

When are tickets on sale for the Leeds performance?

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