The Marriage of Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte • November 5, 8, 11, & 13, 2022
Surprises. Disguises. Romantic Compromises.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most popular comic operas of all time. Filled with amusing cases of mistaken identity and romantic subterfuge, plus music by a Mozart at the height of his powers, The Marriage of Figaro has stood the test of time for centuries.
The Marriage of Figaro is a sequel to The Barber of Seville. The story opens several years later, in Count Almaviva’s palace near Seville, Spain. Rosina is now the Countess, but her husband has lost much of his interest in her and is a would-be philanderer.
Figaro is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna. In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur—the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night.
Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson.
Music Director Antony Walker conducts.
The Marriage of Figaro is sponsored in part by a generous gift from Robert and Christine Pietrandrea.
Period production, owned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Where: Benedum Center, at the corner of 7th Street and Penn Ave, downtown Pittsburgh
- Saturday, November 5, 2022 * 8:00 PM
- Tuesday, November 8, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Thursday, November 10, 2022 * 10:15 AM Student Matinee
- Friday, November 11, 2022 * 7:30 PM
- Sunday, November 13, 2022 * 2:00 PM
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Susanna: Natasha Te Rupe Wilson**
Figaro: Michael Sumuel+
Cherubino: Jazmine Olwalia*
Antonio: Evan Lazdowski*+
Conductor: Antony Walker
Stage Director: Stephanie Havey**
Set & Costume Designer: Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer: Andy Ostrowski
Wig & Make-up Designer: James Geier
Stage Manager: Cindy Knight
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Nathan
Assistant Stage Manager: Monica Soderman+
Assistant Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Assistant Stage Director: Haley Stamats*
Scenery designed by Leslie Travers
Costumes designed by Leslie Travers
Scenery for this production was constructed by Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Costumes for this production were constructed by Kansas City Costume Company.
This production is jointly owned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
ACT I. While preparing for their wedding, Figaro learns from Susanna that their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, has designs on her. At this news, the servant vows to outwit his master. Before long the scheming Bartolo enters the servants' quarters with his housekeeper, Marcellina, who wants Figaro to marry her to cancel a debt he cannot pay. After Marcellina and Susanna trade insults, the amorous page Cherubino arrives, reveling in his infatuation with all women. He hides when the Count shows up, furious because he caught Cherubino flirting with Barbarina, the gardener's daughter. The Count pursues Susanna but conceals himself when the gossiping music master Don Basilio approaches. The Count steps forward, however, when Basilio suggests that Cherubino has a crush on the Countess. Almaviva is enraged further when he discovers Cherubino in the room. Figaro returns with fellow servants, who praise the Count's progressive reform in abolishing the droit de seigneur—the right of a noble to take a manservant's place on his wedding night. Almaviva assigns Cherubino to his regiment in Seville and leaves Figaro to cheer up the unhappy adolescent.
ACT II. In her boudoir, the Countess laments her husband's waning love but plots to chasten him, encouraged by Figaro and Susanna. They will send Cherubino, disguised as Susanna, to a romantic assignation with the Count. Cherubino, smitten with the Countess, appears, and the two women begin to dress the page for his farcical rendezvous. While Susanna goes out to find a ribbon, the Count knocks at the door, furious to find it locked. Cherubino quickly hides in a closet, and the Countess admits her husband, who, when he hears a noise, is skeptical of her story that Susanna is inside the wardrobe. He takes his wife to fetch some tools with which to force the closet door. Meanwhile, Susanna, having observed everything from behind a screen, helps Cherubino out a window, then takes his place in the closet. Both Count and Countess are amazed to find her there. All seems well until the gardener, Antonio, storms in with crushed geraniums from a flower bed below the window. Figaro, who has run in to announce that the wedding is ready, pretends it was he who jumped from the window, faking a sprained ankle. Marcellina, Bartolo, and Basilio burst into the room waving a court summons for Figaro, which delights the Count, as this gives him an excuse to delay the wedding.
ACT III. In an audience room where the wedding is to take place, Susanna leads the Count on with promises of a rendezvous in the garden. The Count, however, grows doubtful when he spies her conspiring with Figaro; the Count vows revenge. Marcellina is astonished but thrilled to discover that Figaro is in fact her long-lost natural son by Bartolo. Mother and son embrace, provoking Susanna's anger until she too learns the truth. Finding a quiet moment, the Countess recalls her past happiness, then joins Susanna in composing a letter that invites the Count to the garden that night. Later, during the marriage ceremony of Figaro and Susanna, the bride manages to slip the note, sealed with a hatpin, to the Count, who pricks his finger, dropping the pin, which Figaro retrieves.
ACT IV. In the moonlit garden, Barbarina, after unsuccessfully trying to find the lost hatpin, tells Figaro and Marcellina about the coming assignation between the Count and Susanna. Basilio counsels that it is wise to play the fool. Figaro inveighs against women and leaves, missing Susanna and the Countess, ready for their masquerade. Alone, Susanna rhapsodizes on her love for Figaro, but he, overhearing, thinks she means the Count. Susanna hides in time to see Cherubino woo the Countess—now disguised in Susanna's dress—until Almaviva chases him away and sends his wife, who he thinks is Susanna, to an arbor, to which he follows. By now Figaro understands the joke and, joining the fun, makes exaggerated love to Susanna in her Countess disguise. The Count returns, seeing, or so he thinks, Figaro with his wife. Outraged, he calls everyone to witness his judgment, but now the real Countess appears and reveals the ruse. Grasping the truth at last, the Count begs her pardon. All are reunited, and so ends this "mad day" at the Almaviva court.
~Adapted from Opera News
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: 3 hours and 9 minutes (inclusive of one intermission)
- Understand Every Word: The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
- Download the Abridged Print Program
- Download the Study Guide
- Watch Opera Up Close's interviews with Stage Director Stephanie Havey and Director of Music Glenn Lewis
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- All children must have a ticket. There is a 50% discount for kids and teens ages 6-18.
Opening Night Audience Reactions
Audience members talk about the opening night performance of Pittsburgh Opera's "The Marriage of Figaro". Video by Drew McCarron
Performance Excerpts - videos by RLG Creations. You can watch select excerpts below, or view our entire playlist on YouTube.
Susanna (Natasha Te Rupe Wilson) and Figaro (Michael Sumuel) admire the wreath Susanna made for their wedding day.
Dr. Bartolo (Ricardo Lugo) tells Marcellina (Helene Schneiderman) his philosophy on how to bear a grudge.
Figaro (Michael Sumuel) taunts Cherubino (Jazmine Olwalia) about what Cherubino's life will be like in the army.
Count Almaviva (Jarrett Ott) does not believe his wife the Countess (Nicole Cabell) that the person hiding in her closet is Susanna.
Antonio (Evan Lazdowski) complains that someone leaped from the window and crushed his flowers in the garden below.
Listen to Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn give a brief synopsis of The Marriage of Figaro featuring excerpts from the 1982 Decca recording with Sir Georg Solti conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra:
- Overture - performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
- "Non piu andrai" - sung by Samuel Ramey playing the role of Figaro
- “Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro” - sung by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa playing the role of Countess Almaviva
- "Voi signor, che giusto siete" - sung by the entire cast
- "Hai gia vinta la causa...Vedro mentr'io sospiro” - sung by Sir Thomas Allen playing the role of Count Almaviva
- "Che soave zeffiretto” - sung by Countess Almaviva (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa) and Susanna (Lucia Popp)
- "Giunse alfin il momento…deh vieni, non tardar" - sung by Susanna (Lucia Popp)
- "Gente, gente, all’armi, all’armi" - sung by the entire cast
Click play below or download these excerpts for an offline treat!
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