Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' from LA Opera
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Saturday at 1 pm, join us for the latest installment of Los Angeles Opera's journey through playwright Pierre Beaumarchais' Figaro trilogy. Last week, we brought you Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Today, it's Mozart's sneaky comedy The Marriage of Figaro, recorded in March.
Mozart's beloved story is centered on a single frantic day in the life of Aguas Frescas, the castle of Count Almaviva (baritone Ryan McKinny). The count has designs on Susanna (soprano Pretty Yende), maid of the countess (soprano Guanqun Yu). Susanna is to be married this very day to the count's valet, Figaro (bass-baritone Roberto Tagliavini), but that doesn't stop the nobleman from pursuing a tryst with her. However, secretly, Figaro and Susanna—aided by the countess—conspire to teach the philandering count a lesson.
Ian Judge's 2004 production of Figaro is set in the middle of the 20th century in Franco-era Spain. James Conlon conducts.
Figaro: Roberto Tagliavini
Susanna: Pretty Yende
Count Almaviva: Ryan McKinny
Countess Almaviva: Guanqun Yu
Cherubino: Renée Rapier
Doctor Bartolo: Kristinn Sigmundsson
Marcellina: Lucy Schaufer
Barbarina: So Young Park
Antonio: Philip Cokorinos
Don Basilio: Robert Brubaker
Don Curzio: Joel Sorensen
Conductor: James Conlon
LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master
As you listen to The Marriage of Figaro, check out a graphic comic strip of the opera, provided courtesy of Sinfini Music. See the full opera strip on the Sinfini Music website.