The Marriage of Figaro streamed on OperaVision
Monday 17 December 2018
The Royal College of Music’s critically acclaimed production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen, will be available to stream on OperaVision from 1 January 2019. Staged in the Britten Theatre this autumn, Classical Source gave the sold-out production five stars and called it ‘a generous, subtly observed production that would thrive in any opera house.’
Esteemed baritone and RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen has been closely associated with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for most of his career, returning to the RCM to direct this new production in November 2018. Composed in 1786, Mozart’s much-loved opera has all the ingredients of a modern rom com: love, revenge and deception. Featuring rising stars from the RCM Opera Studio alongside acclaimed alumna Josephine Goddard, the raucous production was widely praised by audiences and critics alike.
OperaVision makes world-class opera performances available online for free. Launched in 2017, the website offers a richly diverse curated season of European opera in partnership with 29 opera houses from 19 countries. The platform has a specific emphasis on attracting young, emerging audiences, celebrating Europe’s cultural heritage and developing opera for the future.
RCM Artistic Director Stephen Johns commented: ‘I am delighted that the Royal College of Music is expanding its collaboration with OperaVision, making The Marriage of Figaro available to those who were not lucky enough to see it live. The RCM is dedicated to widening access to music and this is a wonderful opportunity for fans all over the world to engage with our activities.’
The Marriage of Figaro will be available to watch on OperaVision for three months. In September 2018, the RCM became the first conservatoire to partner with the platform, launching the partnership with its acclaimed 2015 production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Many RCM performances can also be viewed on the RCM’s YouTube channel and dedicated page on Medici.tv, a streaming site for classical concerts and masterclasses.