The Marriage of Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00pm
Rialto Theater
310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402

Considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity. With an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the opera originally premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (“The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”), which was first performed in 1784.

From the first note to the last, The Marriage of Figaro is about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and how that triumph can bring about a fundamental change in society. The story revolves around the Count Almaviva’s desire to invoke the infamous droit du seigneur (the right of a ruler to sleep with a female servant before turning her over to her servant husband in marriage). This “lord’s privilege” had been an entrenched feudal ritual for centuries and represented the aristocracy’s domination over the servant class. In the opera, the Count’s servants, Figaro and his bride-to-be, Susanna, challenge this ancient custom and the autocratic authority behind it. They challenge it with the only weapons at their disposal, their intuitive wit and their natural street smarts. They are “survivors” who lead their own private revolution, but unlike the real-life cataclysmic revolution that was to engulf France in the final years of the 1700s, their revolution was a happy one, thanks primarily to Mozart and Da Ponte.

The collaboration between Mozart and Da Ponte in The Marriage of Figaro nears operatic perfection, where every note Mozart composed brings Da Ponte’s text brilliantly to life and every word Da Ponte penned is brimming with desire, love and compassion. The result is possibly the most human and humane opera ever written. The characters are totally real in their longings, their joys and frustrations. They cope with the absurdity of their situation with a zest for life unequaled in opera. And they express themselves through the irrepressibly cheerful and supremely sublime music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Cast

Figaro Misha Myznikov
Susanna Jocelyn Thomas*
Count Almaviva Zachary Lenox*
Countess Almaviva Allison Pohl
Cherubino Erica Convery
Marcellina Nerys Jones
Bartolo Glenn Guhr
Basilio Jonathan Hill
Barbarina Bianca Raso
Antonio Craig Nim*
Don Curzio TBA
Conductor Clinton Smith
Stage Director Noel Koran

* Tacoma Opera Debut

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