Figaro is a comedic film inspired by the music of The Barber of Sevilla. An opera singer loses his voice during rehearsal and goes through a night of debauchery, before coming back and being able to sing.
“I was very flattered to be approached by the Paris Opera and surprised that they gave me a lot of freedom-I wanted to do something slightly humorous and use moving images as a raw material to play with on an opera track. I don't think it's that dissimilar thematically from what I'm usually attracted to--there's definitely a decadence at play here but I didn't want the film to take itself too seriously-so we looked for ways to make it over the top and comedic. There was an energy on set that was infectious and funny and hopefully you can get that from watching Figaro.”
Figaro is part of 3e scène, the Opéra National de Paris digital space. Designed as a fully-fledged place for artistic creation and experimentation, this stage propose original content by well-known artists who are particularly dedicated to a dialogue between the arts and various forms of creation. Accessible to everyone, these works of a new genre promote the values of the Paris Opera: artistic excellence and originality.
BRET EASTON ELLIS
Le Barbier de Séville