Outdoor Opera – The Marriage of Figaro

Les Noces de Figaro

by Jane Rosenstein

Mark W. Suits our photographer for Veterans Today in Paris and I had the pleasure of seeing

Les Noces de Figaro  which is  The Wedding of Figaro outside  presented by Opéra en Plein Air at the Château de Vincennes in Paris. The opera is long  about 3 hours and is a wonderful professional production of the opera in 4 acts written by  W.A. Mozart in Vienna in 1786. The producer is Julie Gayet  the musical director is Yannis Pospourikas  and the orchestra director of the orchestra Music Booking is Anne Gravoin.

Despite the threat of rain the and beautiful clouds the performance took place.  People were brave despite the threat of rain and arrived early to enjoy food they brought or purchase food and drinks.

Photo Credit:  Mark W. Suits

The idea of Opéra en Plein Air, created in 2001,  is to give the public the opportunity to hear and see opera by paying less than the usual prices for operas indoors and to enjoy the fresh air:

Photo Credit:  Mark W. Suits

We enjoyed the great perfromance of the orchesta and the singers who sang with enthusiam.

The cast includes:

  • Figaro played by Norman Patze
  • Suzanne:   Norma  Nahoun
  • Count Almaviva:    Laurent Kuba
  • Cherubin or Angel:  Cécile Madelin
  • Marceline:  Christine Tocci
  • Barchelo/Antonio:  Mathieu LeCroart
  • Don Basile/Don Curzio:   Florian Cafiero

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The next performances are at

Château de Haroue  on September 1, and September 2, 2017

Tickets are from 42  Euros  to 89 Euros

Hôtel National des Invalides  on September 7, 8 and 9.

Tickets are from 42 Euros to 95 Euros.

Tickets can be reserved at www.operaenpleinair.com

For visitors and locals a good time is sure to be had by attending Opéra en Plein Air this summer.


  1. Jane, I would love to have the time OR the money to go see Figaro, the Paris Air Show, etc. But since I couldn’t even make it to Oshkosh this year for the EAA fly-in, Paris is out of the question. I will say that France is a lot more civilized than the US in at least one respect – France pretty much goes on vacation for the month of August. Great idea! I wish we had time for even 1 week of vacation over here in Missouri.

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