Last Season Cucchi’s direction of Puccini’s La Boheme for Boston Lyric Opera proved so successful that the Company invited her back to produce Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro this year. During a pause in preparations last week, Cucchi sat down in the break room in the rehearsal space in the Boston Center for the Arts to talk
Reuniting Rosetta Cucchi, stage director, and John Conklin, BLO Artistic Advisor and scenic designer—the dramaturgical minds behind our 2015/16 Season La Bohème—this upcoming production of Mozart’s classic sets the action in an imaginary Italian villa in the 1950s, a world of luxury and cinematic style.
When Mozart and his new librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, put together their Italian version of Pierre Beaumarchais’ 1778 play, The Marriage of Figaro, revolution was in the air.
Of the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy of plays, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro live on both in their own right and through the operas that mark cornerstones of the repertory, while the third play, The Guilty Mother, has provided the foundation for a fascinating, challenging 20th-century work.
For many, The Marriage of Figaro represents the “perfect” opera—that elusive, ideal blend of sublime music and drama, humane comedy and human foible, social satire and compassionate resolution.
The inspired suggestion of Auden as librettist came from Stravinsky’s neighbor, Aldous Huxley. Auden had been an opera lover for years, a passion he shared with his devoted-yet-fickle lover Chester Kallman, whom Auden brought on as co-librettist.
Neoclassicism in music was an important and striking 20th-century trend…and Stravinsky has often been portrayed as its most eloquent proponent and The Rake’s Progress as its culmination.
The production department at an opera company is a crucial force behind each and every performance on stage, taking on the mammoth task of mounting the production and running it smoothly.
"Boston Globe: Did the Star-Spangled Banner land Stravinsky in jail?" An irresistible headline, a famous photograph…but it may all be just a kind of urban legend, “fake news” before its time. The real story is rather more complex and interesting.