THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Music by W.A. Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
April 24, 26, 30, May 2, 2014, at 8 pm
Matinée May 4 at 2:30 pm
In Italian with English Surtitles
A riotous comedy with a revolutionary subtext, The Marriage of Figaro follows the Almaviva household through a single tumultuous day as Count Almaviva, his wife, his valet Figaro, and his servants spin a tangled web of love affairs, plots, and counterplots. The opera is based on the Beaumarchais play that caused an uproar in 18th century France for its subversive portrayal of uppity servants outwitting their aristocratic betters.
The opera charges along like Upstairs, Downstairs on steroids as the predatory Count tries to seduce Figaro’s fiancée Susanna on her wedding day. But even as the Count receives his comeuppance, the opera becomes a poignant study of love, jealousy, and ultimate forgiveness.
Mozart’s score is an absolute masterpiece, at once sunny and sublime, unrivalled for beauty, grace, and theatrical truth.
- CONDUCTOR Timothy Vernon
- DIRECTOR Brent Krysa
- DESIGNER Cameron Porteous
- COUNTESS ALMAVIVA Leslie Ann Bradley
- COUNT ALMAVIVA Phillip Addis
- SUSANNA Miriam Khalil
- FIGARO Justin Welsh