The Marriage of Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte • November 5, 8, 11, & 13, 2022
Surprises. Disguises. 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
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: Monica Soderman+
Assistant Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Assistant Stage Director: Haley Stamats*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: TBA
- Understand Every Word: The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
- Parking Downtown: get real-time parking availability
- Pre-Opera Talks before each performance
- Braille Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Large-Print Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Children must be ages 6 and up. Suggestions and tips for bringing children to the opera may be found at pittsburghopera.org/FAQ.
- All children must have a ticket. There is a 50% discount for kids and teens ages 6-18.
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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