When Mozart proposed to librettist Da Ponte in 1786 that they adapt Beaumarchais ‘The Marriage of Figaro, the piece had already been the subject of much controversy in France and in Austria. The libretto was created in secret and completed in just six weeks, and, thanks to the influence of Da Ponte, it received the emperor’s endorsement despite Beaumarchais’ satirical attacks on the feudal society of the time.
“At the end of the opera, I thought that the spectators would not stop applauding and calling for Mozart. All the numbers were encored, which made the performance last almost as long as two operas. Never was there more complete triumph than of Mozart and his Nozze di Figaro.” The same can be said to this day.”
First performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna, May 1, 1786
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Conductor Frank Beermann has distinguished himself internationally both on the concert stage and through his numerous CD recordings. His insatiable curiosity for new repertoire and his interest in reinterpreting the canonical repertoire have earned him numerous awards and prizes. The works of Richard Wagner are an essential part of the conductor’s repertoire. His performances of Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Der Fliegende Holländer in the Minden Wagner projects have been enthusiastically received by the international press. In the last ten years he has conducted complete symphonic cycles by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler (except the 8th Symphony) and Strauss, as well as the complete Mozart piano concertos with Matthias Kirschnereit and the Bamberger Sinfonikern; he is currently working on the complete Mozart Symphonies in a new concert series for the Hamm Klassiksommer. From 2007 to 2016, Frank Beermann was Generalmusikdirektor of the Chemnitz Theater and Principal Conductor of the Robert-Schumann- Philharmonie. Recent engagements include debuts with the Athens National Orchestra, Aalto Theater Essen, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (2014), La bohème (2017), Die Fledermaus (2018) and Ariadne auf Naxos (2019).
The American filmmaker is like his films: rich, complex, thoughtful, desperate, but passionate about the human being, his flaws and cracks. The quest for identity and filiation are at the heart of his filmography, often tinged with melancholy. Among his great films: La nuit nous appartient (2007), Two Lovers (2008), The Immigrant (2013). A remarkable director, he tackles all genres and his cinema is acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival as well as at the Venice Film Festival. Influenced by the work of Coppola, the American cinema of the 60s and 70s and post-war European cinema (Fellini, Visconti, the New Wave), he is also a director who has a strong sense of humor.
New Wave), he is also a fan of 19th century Russian literature (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky) and the English classics (Shakespeare). Le nozze di Figaro is the first opera he directed.
Born in Moldova, Valentina Nafornita is considered one of the most successful sopranos of her generation. Shortly after graduating from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, Valentina Nafornita won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and began her international career. As a member of the young ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, she was able to develop a vast repertoire: Musetta (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Norina (Don Pasquale), Zerlina, (Don Giovanni), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Oscar (Un ballo in maschera). Her international career has taken her to the Paris Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among others. The artist regularly works with prestigious conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Ádám Fischer, Louis Langrée, Jesús López-Cobos, Franz Welser-Möst and Simone Young.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) 2019.
Canadian baritone, Phillip Addis is known for his “agile and expressive voice” and his “athletic command of the stage”. As one of his most frequently performed roles, Count Almaviva has taken Phillip to the stages of Semperoper Dresden, Opéra de Montréal, Vancouver Opera and Florida Grand Opera, among others. He will soon reprise the role at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Also recognized as the ideal Pelléas of his generation, he has just reprised the role at the Teatro Regio di Parma, having previously sung it at the BBC Proms, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, and the Opéra Comique de Paris. His other principal roles include Don Giovanni, Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin and Figaro (Rossini), as well as Marcello in La bohème, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Jaufré Rudel in L’Amour de loin. Phillip balances his operatic career with extensive concert experience, including Britten’s War Requiem with the Cincinnati May Festival and the Britten LA/100 Festival, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Quebec City and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras, and Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Phillip often gives recitals accompanied by pianist Emily Hamper, with whom he is also Artistic Director of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy.
Born in Rome, Arianna Vendittelli graduated from the Conservatorio Antonio Buzzolla in Adria. She is currently studying with Mariella Devia.
Arianna made her debut at the Salzburg Festivals in the role of Carmi (La Betulia liberata) by Mozart, under the direction of Riccardo Muti. Particularly attached to the Mozart repertoire, she was Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Spoleto Festival and Donna Elvira in Beaune and Bremen under the direction of Jérémie Rhorer. In Così fan tutte, she sang Fiordiligi in several Italian theaters, and Despina at the Teatro Regio Torino. She has been acclaimed for her performances of Rossini in the title role of Ermione and Amaltea (Mosè in Egitto) at the San Carlo in Naples. Recognized for her work in the Baroque repertoire, Arianna Vendittelli has sung the roles of Salome (San Giovanni Battista) by Stradella with Vacláv Luks. She sang Hasse’s Semele at the Theater an der Wien, Minerva (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) in an Ottavio Dantone/Robert Carsen production in Florence. She brought to life Vivaldi’s Amantio (Il Giustino) conducted by Ottavio Dantone and Pergolesi’s Angel (La Conversione di San Guglielmo d’Aquitania) with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset. Future engagements include Rossi’s Angelica (Il Palazzo incantato) under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón, Luigi Cherubini’s Donna Rosa (Sposo di tre e il marito di nessuna) in a production by Diego Fasolis at the Florence Opera, and the Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy under the direction of Marc Minkowski at the Liceu in Barcelona and at the Bordeaux Opera.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Amantio (Il Giustino) 2019, Armida (Rinaldo) 2021.
Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow continues to make his mark on opera stages around the world since graduating from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Program and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Robert Gleadow’s performances at the Houston Grand Opera as Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda alongside Joyce DiDonato and under the direction of Patrick Summers have been characterized as “never lacking in conviction or genuine interest”. Most of his engagements are dedicated to Mozart, a repertoire for which he is widely acclaimed. Highlights of his past seasons include appearances at the Auckland Opera, the Paris Opera and the Concertgebouw. and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Opéra de Lausanne and at the Bremen Music Festival. The critics readily acknowledge his total physical commitment to his roles, his magnetic theatricality, and his powerful, expressive and easy vocals.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) 2018.
Spotted at the age of 20 by William Christie, Lea Desandre joined the Jardin des Voix in 2015. She was named “Revelation Lyric Artist” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2017. She has been noticed in many roles such as, Urbain (Les Huguenots) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Salzburg Festival. Very attached to chamber music, she regularly performs in concert with Thomas Dunford and his Ensemble Jupiter. Her discography includes “Barricades” with Jean Rondeau (Erato/2020), “Vivaldi” with Ensemble Jupiter (Alpha/2019), “Handel Italian Cantatas” with Sabine Devieilhe and Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d’Astrée (Erato/2018), “Berenice che fai” (Aparté) with Opera Fuoco or “Cities” with Thibault Cauvin (Sony/2018). Released in September 2021, her first CD “Amazone” is published by Erato/Warner Classics.
Lucia Cirillo began her career by winning several competitions such as ASLICO and the prestigious Toti dal Monte International Competition. Her rich and unique voice has taken her to the most important theaters, festivals and concert halls in Europe: Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Glyndebourne Festival, Mozart Festival in A Coruña, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Real in Madrid, Vlaamse Oper in Antwerp. .. She has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Sylvain Cambreling, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev and directors such as David Alden, Hugo de Ana, Robert Carsen, Sir Peter Hall, Fabio Ceresa and Pier Luigi Pizzi. She has recorded important audio and video projects for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Opus Arte and Naïve (The Vivaldi Edition). With Diego Fasolis, Lucia has performed the roles of Alcina (Orlando furioso), Elmiro (Dorilla in Tempe), Caio (Ottone in villa) and Berenice (Farnace) by Vivaldi.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Filindo (Dorilla in Tempe) 2014, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) 2017.
Rubén Amoretti refined his musical skills in Switzerland and the United States with his teachers Dennis Hall, Carlos Montané and Nicolai Gedda. He has won prizes in various international competitions in Spain, Bloomington and Palermo. His intense career has taken him to the stages of New York, Bern, Moscow, Zurich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Geneva, Palm Beach, Paris, Prague, Mexico City, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. He has worked with great conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Anton Guadagno, Marcello Viotti, Nello Santi, Zubin Mehta, Alberto Zedda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Ramón Tebar, Karel Mark Chichon, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Miquel Ortega, Óliver Díaz and Giuseppe Sabbatini. His repertoire includes the most important bass roles such as: Mefistofeles (Faust), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Mustafá (L’italiana in Algeri), Filippo II (Don Carlo), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Colline (La bohème), Scarpia (Tosca), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Balthazar (La Favorita). His interest in the Spanish operatic repertoire is noteworthy, for which he is regularly invited to sing at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. In recent seasons, he has sung Escamillo in Naples with Zubin Mehta and Mustafá (L’Italiana in Algeri) at the Metropolitan in New York. In 2021, Rubén Amoretti performed in Falla’s La Tempranica and La Vida Breve at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and in Rigoletto in San Sebastian.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Il conte di Monterone (Rigoletto) 2005, El general / El del pecado mortal (Pan y Toros) 2009, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) 2017.
The Spanish tenor Pablo García-López is one of the current rising stars of the European opera and concert stages. The newspaper El Mundo praises “the decisive beauty of his clear-lyrical tone, his musicality and his unquestionable communicability”. Born in Cordoba, Pablo García-López began his vocal studies at the conservatory of his native city with the tenor Juan Luque. He then went on to perfect his skills at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and at the Centro de Perfeccionamiento Plácido Domingo at the Palau de las Artes in Valencia. He completed his training in Berlin with John Norris. In 2020 he was awarded the Bandera de las Artes de Andalucía. In recent years, he has made notable appearances on the most prestigious stages in Spain, and has made his international debut in opera houses such as the Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Liège, the Opéra de Lausanne, the Royal Opera of Muscat, and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. He has worked with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Jesús López-Cobos and Omer Meir Wellber. His 2021/22 season includes roles such as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba. Pablo is particularly associated with the Mozart repertoire, singing Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). Released in 2020, his first solo album “Rutas” accompanied by pianist Aurelio Viribay received the “Melómano de Oro” awarded by the music magazine Melómano. His discography is completed by Puccini’s Turandot (Decca) conducted by Zubin Mehta, Puccini’s La bohème (Accentus) conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and Palomo’s Cordoba Symphony (Naxos) conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.
At the Opéra Lausanne: Gaston (La Traviata) 2015, Cardona (Doña Francisquita) 2020.
After completing his vocal studies at the Lausanne Conservatory and the Guildhall School in London, François Piolino, a Swiss tenor born in Basel, obtained a Premier Prix at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He has been working on his voice for many years with the tenor Guy Flechter. A first career in baroque music, mainly with William Christie, allowed him to acquire a solid foundation for the rest of his career, which was oriented towards opera. Specialized in character roles, he travels the world, performing on the greatest stages: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Amsterdam, La Monnaie, Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéras National Lyon, Opéra National de Lorraine (Nancy), Opéra National du Rhin, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Grand Théâtre de Genève. Among the roles he has performed are Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Goro (Butterfly), Caius (Falstaff), Pang (Turandot), and Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin), not to mention Billy Budd’s Novice, in which he has been particularly successful at the Opéra Bastille. Thanks to his perfect command of German, François Piolino is very comfortable in roles such as the Jews (Salome), Mr. Mole (Capriccio), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), or Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), one of his favorite roles which he has sung more than 80 times throughout the world. Future engagements include Salome at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Falstaff in Montpellier, Die Fledermaus in Nantes, Angers and Avignon, as well as concerts with L’Heure espagnole in Tel Aviv.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) 2019.
After a bachelor’s degree with Brigitte Balleys at the HEMU, Sophie Negoïta completed her master’s degree with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She made her debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Mrs. Coyle (Owen Wingrave by Britten). Under the direction of Philippe Huttenlocher, the Swiss-Romanian singer sang Cupid in Venus and Adonis, Venus in The British Worthy and Quivera in The Indian Queen.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Le nozze di Figaro (2021).
As a student in Éric Tappy’s class at the Geneva Conservatory of Music, Alexandre Diakoff was awarded first-prize for singing. He often plays character roles, which include Amida in L’Ormindo, Simone in La finta semplice, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Bruschino padre in Il signor Bruschino, Slook in La cambiale di matrimonio, Benoît in La bohème, Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata, the doctor in Chostakovitch’s Le Nez, Amantio di Nicolao and Maestro Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi. As an oratorio singer, he has performed the greatest works of the repertoire.
His performances at the Opéra de Lausanne include: the ogre in Le chat botté (2009), the title role in Monsieur Choufleuri (2012), the King, the Drunkard, the Lamplighter and the Signalman in Le Petit Prince (2014), Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola (2015), Doolittle in My fair Lady (2015), Hortensius in La fille du régiment (2016), Horatio in Hamlet (2017), l’homme-singe and le marabout in Les Zoocrates (2017), Pietro in Simon Boccanegra (2018).
The Opéra de Lausanne Choir is young, made up of students of singing from Lausanne’s University of Music and the Geneva HEM, and professional singers. Its members are selected by audition and periodically reheard. For each opera, they are distributed depending on their voice and/or aptitudes. Thanks mainly to their talent on stage, supported by an infectious enthusiasm, they are highly appreciated by all the theatre directors invited. For a few years the choir has benefitted from preparation by several experienced choir masters from different backgrounds, chosen depending on the works being sung and their specific interest.
Pascal Mayer conducts the Pro Arte Choir of Lausanne, the Chamber Choir of the University of Fribourg and the Collegium Musicum of Lucerne. For a long time he was in charge of teaching music at the Collège Sainte-Croix in Fribourg, and today he teaches choral conducting at the Hochschule-Musik in Lucerne. With his various ensembles, he explores the great works, from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Britten’s and Favre’s War Requiem. He has also premiered numerous new works (Mettraux, Charrière, Michel, Haselbach, Rütti, Flury). Pascal Mayer regularly collaborates with the OCL, the OCF, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne as well as early music ensembles. At the Opéra de Lausanne, he prepared the choirs for Die Zauberflöte (2015), La Cenerentola (2015), Don Giovanni (2017), and La clemenza di Tito (2018).
SANTO LOQUASTO (Set and Costume Design) made his LA Opera debut designing both sets and costumes for Gianni Schicchi, most recently performed at La Scala. His work for the Metropolitan Opera includes Luisa Miller, Faust, Salome and A View From the Bridge. His Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly! (Tony Award for costume design); Cafe Crown (Tony for set design); The Cherry Orchard (Tony for costume design); Grand Hotel (Tony for costume design); and has received an additional 19 Tony Award nominations. He has collaborated with Woody Allen on over 30 films, including Radio Days (Academy Award nomination for production design), Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination for production design) and Zelig (Academy Award nomination for costume design). He has worked with most major international dance companies and has collaborated with Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, James Kudelka, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004, and received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2006, and the Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. He is a graduate of King’s College and Yale Drama School.
After studying classical literature and history of art, Christian Lacroix turned to freelance work in fashion and costume, in Paris, Italy and Japan. He was artistic director of the Jean Patou company from 1982 to 1987, when he created his own fashion business. At the same time, since the 1980s, he had designed costumes for numerous theatre, opera and ballet productions: at Opéra Garnier, La Monnaie, La Comédie-Française, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Metropolitan, the Festival d’Aix, at the Opéra Comique, and for the operas of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Since 2000, he has developed his work as a designer and scenographer for his own company (Centre National du Costume de Scène in Moulins, Musée de la Mode et Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée Réattu and Rencontres d’Arles). He has also worked with several institutions (Musée du Quai Branly, Walraff Museum in Cologne, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Bordeaux, Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris, Musée du Louvre Lens and Musées d’Avignon), and this work has become more prominent since he stopped working as a fashion designer.
Bertrand Couderc creates the lighting for numerous shows, both in the theater and in the opera. In this field, he collaborates with the greatest stages in the world, such as the Berlin Staastoper, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Bolshoi of Moscow, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the Vienna Opera. A regular guest at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, he has performed in Prokofiev’s The Love of Three Oranges, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Patrice Chéreau’s productions in Aix. In 2005, Chéreau asked him to light Così fan tutte at the Aix Festival and at the Opéra national de Paris. This was followed by Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at La Scala in Milan under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim, as well as the play La Nuit juste avant les forêts by Bernard-Marie Koltès. Bertrand Couderc lit the last two shows of Luc Bondy, Charlotte Salomon at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 and Ivanov at the Odéon Theatre in 2015. Since 2015, he has been associated with Bartabas and the Académie équestre de Versailles for the choreographies of Davide penitente, Requiem at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, and recently for Le Sacre du Printemps at the Seine 22 Musicale. In opera and theater, his work has recently been seen in Manon and La Cenerentola at the Opéra national de Paris, Pelléas et Mélisande and Les noces de Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Anna Bolena at La Scala, Vespro della Beata Vergine at Versailles, La Femme sans ombre at the Vienna Opera, La Vie de Galilée and Angels in America at the Comédie- Française
Glysleïn Lefever trained as a choreographer at the Centre International de danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes. Her meeting with Blanca Li in 1994 was decisive: first as a performer and then as a collaborator, she has since assisted her in directing and choreographing (Robot, Le Jardin des Délices, Elektro Kif, Macadam Macadam, Solstice…). At the same time, she took theater classes and was accepted into the Cours Florent in Paris, where she met Eric Ruf; since then, she has participated in all of his creations as an actress or choreographer: Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Le Pré aux Clercs, La vie de Galiléé… She collaborates as a choreographer with many directors: Jérôme Deschamps, Katharina Thalbach, Anne Kessler, Olivier Desbordes, Valerie Lesort and Christian Hecq, Thomas Ostermeiller, in the most important theaters and opera houses. In June 2021, she will direct Music-hall by Jean Luc Lagarce at the Studio Theatre of the Comedie Francaise, which will be performed from December to January 21-22.
Born in Marseille, Gilles Rico studied music and philosophy before taking a doctorate in medieval philosophy at Oxford University. In parallel to his academic career, he turned to opera directing, first working as an assistant for various European opera houses and festivals. He has collaborated with directors such as Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, Joël Pommerat, Tom Cairns, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Jérôme Deschamps, Andreas Homoki, David McVicar, Damiano Michieletto, Robert Carsen, James Gray and Katie Mitchell. In 2016, Gilles Rico directed the world premiere of Maria Republica by François Paris at Angers-Nantes Opéra, which received the Prix de la Critique 2016. He also directed Un dîner avec Jacques, a show based on Offenbach produced by the Opéra-Comique and the Musée d’Orsay, which was then taken on tour in France. He directed the participatory opera Tistou les pouces verts by Henri Sauguet at the Opéra de Rouen, then staged Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Philharmonie de Paris. Recently, he directed Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Opéra de Lausanne and the participatory opera Les petites Noces after Mozart at the Rouen Opera, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and on tour in France. As a librettist, Gilles Rico wrote the libretto of La Princesse Légère by Violetta Cruz, a commission from the Opéra Comique and the Opéra de Lille, and the libretto of the chamber opera Les rois mages by Fabian Panisello, which he also directed in Madrid and Nice. Among his projects are the revival of Les Rois mages at the Dubai Expo, the staging of Benatzsky’s L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc at the Opéra de Lausanne, the world premiere of Zad Moultaka’s Hémon at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg and the staging of Don Giovanni at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Cendrillon , Pauline Viardot (2018) et re-staging of Le Nozze di Figaro (2021).