TRADITIONAL comic operas have always been about unrequited love and passion, with a bit of cross-dressing thrown in for good measure, writes Lesley Potter.
But a young Britishopera company which specialises in updating the classics has surpassed itself this time by throwing Mozart, Puccini and Brahms into a big melting pot and adding a splash of Irving Berlin to produce a romping romcom that would make any diva proud.
Kiss me, Figaro! is the latest production by the Merry Opera Company and the final performance of its current tour will take place at the Kenton Theatre on Saturday, June 28.
Katherine Ives, Merry Opera spokesman, said: “We are thrilled to be back at the Kenton Theatre for the fourth year running. This year’s show is a new romantic comedy set backstage at the opera where offstage romance and drama is played out for real when the curtain rises.”
In a storyline straight out of the wings of a Viennese opera house, the soprano diva has hated the handsome tenor ever since he jilted her at the altar, but now he has returned - and he wants her back.