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The Marriage of Figaro


Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:00PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

<span style="color:#08088A"><font size="4"><b>The Marriage of Figaro</b></font></span>





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The Marriage of Figaro


an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo DePonte

University Opera Theatre
University Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Martin Katz

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Student $12 with ID

The Story: Count Almaviva’s valet Figaro is looking forward to his imminent wedding with the beautiful Susanna. Unfortunately, his lascivious employer is also intent on bedding the young chambermaid. Aware of the Count’s intentions, the Countess, with Susanna’s help, intends to teach her husband a lesson on the dangers of infidelity. Add in a love-sick teenager who causes unexpected confusion and hilarity abounds as multiple love interests vie for the perfect pairing. Through subtle intrigue, scintillating sexual games, and mistaken identities, Figaro and Susanna must outmaneuver and outwit the entire household to end up finally in each other’s arms.

Artistic Significance: Called “the world’s most perfect opera, ”The Marriage of Figaro has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1786. The first collaboration between Mozart and librettist da Ponte, Figaro is the successful sequel to The Barber of Seville. Da Ponte’s witty libretto melds humor with humanity and is paired with Mozart’s groundbreaking score in a true marriage of music and drama. From the instantly recognizable overture to the rousing ensemble finale, the opera is filled with one brilliant melody after another. A celebrated operatic tour de force, The Marriage of Figaro sparkles with genius.


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