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Opera

McVicar’s Figaro looks increasingly fossilised. Time for the Royal Opera to ditch it

Plus: a bold choice of double bill from British Youth Opera that places too-heavy a burden on their young shoulders

26 September 2015

8:00 AM

26 September 2015

8:00 AM

Le nozze di Figaro

Royal Opera House, in rep until 14 October

Riders to the Sea; Savitri

Peacock Theatre

Is there a more extraordinary, more heart-stilling moment in all opera than the finale of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro? The Count, suddenly understanding his wife’s fidelity, begs her forgiveness — ‘Contessa perdono!’ Her answer comes like a musical benediction, but not until after the very slightest pause — space to doubt, to hope.

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