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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Le Nozze di Figaro (New Season Premiere)

Marlis Petersen as Susanna and Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Marlis Petersen as Susanna and Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.

Airs Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Isabel Leonard as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Isabel Leonard as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Amanda Majeski as Countess Almaviva in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Amanda Majeski as Countess Almaviva in this spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.

Metropolitan Opera, PBS and THIRTEEN New York join forces once again for a ninth season of opera telecasts, beginning in January 2015. "Le Nozze di Figaro" is the season premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET.

"Le Nozze di Figaro" - Met music director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s.

Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering countess and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy, Cherubino.

Richard Eyre in Rehearsal - The director blogged about preparations for his season-opening new production of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro."

The Wall Street Journal found this new production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" to be "A swiftly paced, playful evening… Eyre skillfully built the comic ensembles to climaxes that made you laugh out loud… A happy Marriage at the Met." New York Magazine raved, "A ravishing, intricately wrought evening of music, humor and emotional depth… An evening like this is the strongest argument for the continued vigor of the Met."

Past episodes of GREAT PERFORMANCES are available for online viewing. GREAT PERFORMANCES is on Facebook, and you can follow @GPerfPBS on Twitter. The Metropolitan Opera is on Facebook, Instagram, and you can follow @MetOpera on Twitter.

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