Michael Sumuel & Jeanine De Bique Headline San Francisco Opera’s New ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’

By Francisco Salazar

San Francisco Opera is set to present Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in a new production by director Michael Cavanagh.

The production marks the beginning of a multi-year project to weave together Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte’s three operas, “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Così fan tutte,” and “Don Giovanni” as a trilogy set within an American manor house during three time periods.

The work is set to conducted by Henrik Nánási  and will star Michael Sumuel as Figaro, Jeanine De Bique as Susanna, Levente Molnár as Count Almaviva, Nicole Heaston as the Countess,  and Serena Malfi as Cherubino.

The cast will also feature San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Natalie Image as Barbarina, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook as Marcellina, bass James Creswell as Doctor Bartolo, tenor Greg Fedderly as Don Basilio, tenor Brenton Ryan as Don Curzio and Bojan Knežević as Antonio.

The production is set to open at the War Memorial Opera House on Oct. 11 and will run through Nov. 1. Productions of “Così Fan Tutte” and “Don Giovanni” will follow in successive seasons to complete the trilogy known as the “Great American House of Mozart and Da Ponte” in 2020-21 and 2021-22.