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The Marriage of Figaro, Longborough Festival Opera, review

The first image you see in this production is of an English country squire with his dog, and with Benjamin Bevan’s stocky Count Almaviva not altogether dissimilar to Hugh Bonneville, I was immediately reminded of Downton Abbey. It’s a comparison that director Thomas Guthrie might not object to, as he has set Mozart’s opera, not in its usual location of Seville, but in Britain on the verge of the First World War, the period in which the television drama was originally set.

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