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Onstage: The Marriage of Figaro

By Anne Arenstein · June 11th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

Cincinnati Opera’s summer season isn’t quite virtual travel, but you can experience Spain at four pivotal moments in its long history. Three operas are standard repertoire and one contemporary work has its regional premiere. And all were written by foreigners.

The season opens with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, deemed “the perfect opera” for its witty libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and its brilliant score.

French author Pierre de Beaumarchais’ play was the source material, a comedy that Napoleon called “the first shot of the Revolution.”

The action is set in Seville although it could easily be 18th century suburban Paris. Figaro, the wily hero of The Barber of Seville, and his equally clever fiancée Susanna are about to celebrate their wedding, but first they have to stop Figaro’s boss, Count Almaviva, from claiming his feudal right to bed Susanna. The Countess joins the plot and the “crazy day” resolves happily.

Performed at 7:30 p.m. June 11 and 13 at Music Hall.

Read more about the Opera season here.



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