Sour Grapes? Signor Ochelli and Figaro’s Irish Connections

Conductor Peter Whelan delves into the history books, revealing Ireland’s intimate connection to the wellspring of classical music, and Irish National Opera’s latest production, The Marriage of Figaro.

“In 1786 Kelly sang the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio at the very first performance of The Marriage of Figaro (1786). Kelly claims to have been the first to have heard the Act 3 duet Crudele perché finora, singing it through with the composer when the ink was still wet. He left a vivid description of the rehearsals for Figaro. Mozart stood on stage keeping time, dressed in ‘a crimson pelisse with a gold-laced cocked hat’.  “