Introduction to Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm

Bringing a storm to the opera means surrendering to roughness. The risk of improvisation in live singing and music-making. The challenge of awakening a desert stage, left lonely by a pandemic. Our singer searches for roughness, his song itself is rough and he asks for more.

The libretto is a free adaptation of an extended soliloquy for Beaumarchais’s eponymous Figaro. A text unused in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. For Beaumarchais, this soliloquy was a space to blur the boundaries between fiction and actuality. He mingled his own voice and experiences as a censored author with the struggles of the eternal servant, barber, poet, and jack of all trades: the legendary Figaro. Boris Bezemer has taken up the framework of Beaumarchais’s soliloquy and fleshed it out with his own poetry, ideas, actualities and other stuff that matters to him.

Figaro (solo): Bring me a Storm waits for a day when audiences can encounter it in person. But it does not wait to show itself, to call out through screens like a stranded singer crying at the waves, the passing ships, or the crowds of people he used to live among.

He is alone, but he does not wait to speak.