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The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Presented in Italian with English subtitles

Opera Buffa at its best!

Mozart’s beloved opera engages you in the overture and            never lets go! Based on the revolutionary Beaumarchais play, The Marriage of Figaro is filled with social commentary and intrigue. Who will succeed: the Count, his servant, or their wives? And will the chaos of the day end in happiness?

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

We invite you to join Annapolis Opera’s Artistic and Music Director, Craig Kier, with members of the cast for a brief conversation following the Sunday matinee performance. This conversation will commence shortly after the performance concludes. Guests are encouraged to move down to the front of the theater where the Q&A will be held.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Annapolis Opera is currently following the COVID-19 safety policy of Maryland Hall. Masks are encouraged for all performances but are optional inside the building and theaters. Seating is at full capacity and not socially distanced unless otherwise specified in the event description. This policy is subject to change at any time based on current federal, state and local government mandates and public safety issues.

The Marriage of Figaro Cast

Efrain Solis
Helen Zhibing Huang
Kevin Godinez
Rachel Blaustein
Elizabeth Sarian
Hannah Shea

Efrain Solis
Figaro

Kevin Godínez
Count Almaviva

Rachel Blaustein
Countess Almaviva

Elizabeth Sarian
Cherubino

Hannah Shea
Marcellina

Andrew Adelsberger La Boheme
Brian Wallin
Oznur Tuluglu
Christopher Hartung

Brian Wallin
Basilio/Don Curzio

Oznur Tuluglu
Barbarina

The Marriage of Figaro Creative Team

Craig Kier
Corrine Hayes
Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Craig Kier
Conductor

Corinne Hayes
Director

Sarah Beth Oppenheim
Choreographer

INSIGHT SERIES EVENTS

WHY MOZART?

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Created by arguably the greatest of operatic creative teams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro places comedy at the center of a probing exploration of deeply human stories amongst society’s classes. What is it about this opera that keeps audiences and performers coming back again and again to this memorable work? Join Maestro Kier as he explores the history of this work and why it continues to captivate audiences today!

CURTSIES & KICKS: A TALK ON DANCE AND SOCIAL STATUS

Speaker: Sarah Oppenheim, Choreographer,
The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, March 4, 2023 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 206 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $20 each, includes wine & cheese buffet

Social dances, like social graces, are an amalgam of class structures, movement fevers, and generational mores. The difference of cheek, long-practiced double standards, and systemic/problematic socialization are the reasons one generation might raise an eyebrow at a dancing body vs. rush to participate in the newest dance craze. What’s the difference between operatic dance and the club floor? Just a few inches of the hip and ideas about undulation! Join us as we discuss how tearing up the dance floor looked then, feels now, and promises embodied futures.

Curtsies & Kicks

PRE-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION

Speaker: Eric Stoltzfus, Tutor & Music Librarian, St. John’s College

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2 PM

Maryland Hall, Room 206 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; pre-registration required.

We expect the title character of Mozart’s opera to be the hero. But instead, Figaro’s finacee, the maid, Susanna, drives the outrageous plotting to its successful conclusion. Susanna’s improper but growing bond – dare we say friendship – with the noble Countess, is a glory of this revolutionary tale in which one marriage is on the rocks and one is suffering a most rocky beginning. Come hear how Mozart’s music proves this all to be possible.