The Marriage of Figaro



Here comes the bride. And her rival. And the man trying to seduce her. And his wife.


Lust, power, and gossip threaten to throw all of Figaro’s wedding plans into disarray. How will the wily servant save the day? Find out in this irresistible, brand-new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.

San Francisco Opera New Production

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Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Pre-Opera Talks

Perfect for newcomers, opera aficionados or anyone in between, our pre-opera talks provide an engaging 25-minute overview of the opera. Free to ticketholders, 55 minutes prior to curtain in the Orchestra section. Speaker: Kip Cranna.

Open Curtain

Have you always wanted to see the inner workings of our stage? At select performances, our curtain is open during intermission and we narrate the live changeover. Dates: Saturday, October 19 and Friday, October 25.



This Figaro is both delicious to hear and often — and authentically — laugh-out-loud funny.

– San Francisco Classical Voice

a splendid demonstration of how to present one of the funniest, sweetest, sexiest and most emotionally probing works in the operatic repertoire

– San Francisco Chronicle

in the hands of director Michael Cavanagh, everything in this opera… came through perfectly.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, stepped handsomely into the title role, shaping his performance with plenty of theatrical gusto and vocal suavity.

– San Francisco Chronicle

As Susanna, soprano Jeanine De Bique gave a performance of charisma and wit.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Baritone Levente Molnár was a tonally robust Count and soprano Nicole Heaston brought splendor and tenderness to the Countess.

– San Francisco Opera

The evening’s most impressive debut was that of mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as the hormonally addled and eternally randy pageboy Cherubino.

– San Francisco Chronicle

[Henrik] Nánási spurred the Opera Orchestra to acts of fleetness and rhythmic vivacity.

– San Francisco Chronicle

The antagonists were superbly embodied by Catherine Cook as Marcellina, Greg Fedderly as the oleaginous Basilio, and James Creswell as Dr. Bartolo

– San Francisco Chronicle

festive and a satisfying evening in a new staging

– OperaWire

Energetic and full of brilliant Mozartian coloration, we had a chance to appreciate once again the genius of the young composer.

– OperaWire

Constance Hoffman’s costumes…are hand-in-glove perfection.

– san Francisco Classical Voice




Program Articles

Revolutionary Partnership: Mozart & Da Ponte In Vienna

On May 7th, 1783 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote to his father from Vienna...” Read more.

The More Things Change: Making Figaro’s Meaning

Recalling the process of turning playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ recent hit The Marriage of Figaro into a libretto for Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte acknowledged... Read more.

Director’s Note

The narrative structure of beginning, middle, and end is as old as storytelling itself. Read more.


Two servants must outmaneuver the nobleman of the house before they can marry.





Figaro Michael Sumuel
Susanna Jeanine De Bique *
Count Almaviva Levente Molnár *
Countess Almaviva Nicole Heaston *
Cherubino Serena Malfi *
Doctor Bartolo James Creswell
Marcellina Catherine Cook
Don Basilio Greg Fedderly
Don Curzio Brenton Ryan
Barbarina Natalie Image
Antonio Bojan Knežević


Oct 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27; Nov 1

Conductor Henrik Nánási
Director Michael Cavanagh
Set Designer Erhard Rom
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Jane Cox *
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

San Francisco Opera new production.


Previous performances of The Marriage of Figaro can be found in our Archive.


John A. & Cynthia Fry Gunn; the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions; the Koret Foundation; Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem; and the Thomas Tilton Production Fund.

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