Opera Preview: The Marriage of Figaro at VA Opera
Virginia Opera closes its 2012-13 season with The Marriage of Figaro. First performed in 1786, The Marriage of Figaro is one of Mozart’s most successful masterworks complete with cross-dressing characters, mistaken identities, and fabulous wit.
Directed by Lillian Groag, this heart-warming comedy explores love, marriage, and the presumptions of class. Figaro and his love Susanna, both servants to the Count, are getting ready for their big wedding. However, Count Almaviva has his own plans for Susanna involving his reasserted feudal right to sleep with any bride in his domain. The Countess, who longs for her husband’s love, soon learns of her husband’s adulterous advances. She then conspires with Figaro and Susanna to outwit the Count and teach him a lesson or two, but things get complicated with the addition of outrageous characters.
There’s never a dull moment in the chaotic and visually stunning world of Figaro. “It is as if the hit TV show Downton Abbey and the hilarious 80′s movie Clue merged together and were set to the amazing music of Mozart,” said Drew Duncan who plays Don Basilio – the gossiping, yet loveable estate music-master. “With an equation like that you are in for a wonderful night at the opera.”
In addition to the beautiful costumes and the delicious musical score, the high level of talent and dedication of every cast member and contributor in this production is something magical in itself. Performances will feature many distinguished performers including Matthew Burns as Figaro and Anne-Carolyn Bird as Susanna; Aaron St. Clair Nicolson and Katherine White joins as the Count and Countess. Drew Duncan, playing Basilio, is finishing his time as an Emerging Artist with the company.
“Drew Duncan is one of those great comics who are born only once every few years,” said Groag. “They’re as rare as they are prized. A great singer who is also a great clown is a treasure and a find. I am delighted to be spending my next two productions with him.”
With the perfect marriage of comedy and intrigue, this spectacular production promises a lighthearted and endlessly enjoyable experience for opera newcomers and old-timers alike. Duncan added, “Whether new to opera or if The Marriage of Figaro is already your favorite, everyone will leave this show with a smile on their face and more love in their heart.”
Performances are at Richmond’s historic Carpenter Theatre. Tickets are available at Richmond CenterStage Box Office, online at etix.com and charge-by-phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849). Ticket prices are $31.00 – $119.00.
Friday April 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM.
Sunday April 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM.
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