'The Marriage of Figaro' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Civic Opera House in Chicago The Civic Opera House in Chicago (civicoperahouse.com)

Tune in at 1 pm on Saturday as the resourceful Figaro gets ready to marry his lovely Susanna — and endeavors to get his fiancée to the altar with her virtue still intact. His boss, the Count, has set his eyes on Susanna and sees no reason to let her escape his noble snare, even if it means breaking the heart of his own long-suffering bride.

But there’s rebellion in the air in this comedy, based upon the revolutionary Beaumarchais play. Enjoy Mozart’s masterpiece of mistaken identities, morals and manners, directed by Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Barbara Gaines. The production also boasts the Lyric debuts of two major European stars — Adam Plachetka (Figaro) and Christiane  Karg (Suzanna) — as well as baritone Luca Pisaroni and soprano Amanda Majeski, as count and countess.


Figaro: Adam Plachetka
Suzanna: Christiane Karg
Countess Almaviva: Amanda Majeski
Count Almaviva: Luca Pisaroni
Cherubino: Rachel Frenkel
Marcellina: Katharine Goeldner
Bartolo: Brindley Sherratt
Basilio: Keith Jameson
Curzio: Jonathan Johnson
Antonio: Bradley Smoak
Barbarina: Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Henrik Nánási
Director: Barbara Gaines
Chorus Director: Michael Black

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