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San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 season opens with "The Marriage of Figaro"

The Marriage of Figaro opens San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 season on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 7 pm for four performances at the Civic Theatre.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s boisterous romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro opens San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 season on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 7 pm for four performances at the Civic Theatre.

Additional performances are October 23, 26, and 28 (matinee), 2018.  Assembled for the opening opera of the season is an exciting young cast including the house debut of American bass-baritone Evan Hughes as Figaro.

He will be joined by baritone John Moore as Count Almaviva and soprano Caitlin Lynch as the Countess, both in exciting Company debuts. Soprano Sarah Shafer makes her welcomed San Diego Opera debut as Susanna. Returning mezzo-sopranos Emily Fons, last heard as Zerlina in 2015’s Don Giovanni, returns to sing Cherubino and Susanne Mentzer, last heard as Octavian in 1992’s Der Rosenkavalier returns to sing the role of Marcellina.

Rounding out the cast is returning bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam, last heard as Alidoro in 2016’s Cinderella, as Dr. Bartolo; returning tenor Joseph Hu, last heard as Goro in 2016’s Madama Butterfly, as Basilio and Don Curizo; returning bass-baritone Scott Sikon, last heard as Marquis D’Obigny in 2017’s La traviata; and soprano Lisa Frisque as Barbarina. John Nelson conducts the performances and Stephen Lawless stages the action in this production. The Marriage of Figaro is a co-production between San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, and Palm Beach Opera.

With a libretto by Lorenzo de Ponte and based on the play “The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro” by Pierre Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro follows the comic exploits of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina (now Countess Almaviva) and Dr. Bartolo and is a sequel to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

The Marriage of Figaro opens with Figaro planning his marriage to Susanna, who is a maid to Count Almaviva. Count Almaviva and the Countess have grown distant in their years of marriage and now the Count has his eyes on Susanna.

This annoys Figaro and, to make matters worse, Marcellina wants to marry Figaro and uses the fact that Figaro owes her money, after consulting with her lawyer the crusty old Dr. Bartolo, as a pretext to force his hand in marriage.

So begins a mad-capped musical caper complete with a hormonally charged master, scheming servants, a lustful pageboy and a bit of cross-dressing to make this one of opera’s greatest and most hilarious works. With comedy around every corner, The Marriage of Figaro contains some of the most popular music ever written for the operatic stage and is sure to delight audience members both new and old.

Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, The Marriage of Figaro was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2007.

This will be the sixth time the opera has been performed by the Company with additional performances in 1998, 1992, 1986, and 1973.

The scenery and costumes of The Marriage of Figaro are designed by Leslie Travers. The choreographer is Eric Sean Fogel. The Lighting Designer is Thomas C. Hase.

The Marriage of Figaro will have a radio broadcast on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 8 pm on KPBS radio, 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico) and online at www.kpbs.org

Shows for The Marriage of Figaro are on October 20, 23, 26 & 28. 

These performances of The Marriage of Figaro are made possible by the Lead Production Sponsor, Darlene Marcos Shiley.

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