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Marriage Figaro

Washington National Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016

Washington National Opera

The barber of Seville is getting hitched--and it's a day of madness in the palace! Mozart's comic masterpiece comes to life through enchanting music and absurd mix-ups in a charming exploration of the perils of temptation and the triumph of love. Oct. 1 is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist performance.

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The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)

In Italian with Projected English Titles
Production adapted from The Glimmerglass Festival

"It felt like a complete whirlwind, a kind of out-of-body experience.
But it was one of the best times I think I've ever had onstage."
--Amanda Majeski, who stepped into the role of the Countess at Lyric Opera of Chicago
with one day's notice (The Chicago Tribune)

The barber of Seville is getting hitched today! Handsome Figaro, now the personal valet to Count Almaviva, is head over heels for sweet Susanna, the Countess's maid. It's certainly a day of madness in the palace--especially with the Count's lustful designs on the bride-to-be. So Figaro hatches a plan to outfox his master and expose his wandering ways with a barrage of humiliating tricks. Soon, everyone's involved in the farcical antics, from a vengeful doctor and his matronly housekeeper to a bumbling teenage page!

Mozart's breathlessly paced comic masterpiece--one of the world's all-time favorites based on French playwright Beaumarchais's "sequel" to The Barber of Seville--comes to vibrant life through enchanting music marked by glorious arias, tender duets, and of course the celebrated effervescent overture. Clever disguises and absurd mix-ups keep the laughs and surprises coming in this charming exploration of the perils of temptation, the grace of forgiveness, and the triumph of love.

Performance Advisory: Please note that the Figaro performance on Sat., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. features artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. That casting is listed separately below. 


Countess Almaviva: Amanda Majeski
Susanna: Lisette Oropesa
Count Almaviva: Joshua Hopkins
Figaro: Ryan McKinny
Cherubino: Aleksandra Romano
Marcellina: Elizabeth Bishop
Dr. Bartolo: Valeriano Lanchas
Don Basilio: Keith Jameson
Don Curzio: Rexford Tester
Barbarina: Ariana Wehr
Antonio: Timothy J. Bruno

Director: Peter Kazaras
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Scenery Designer: Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer: Myung Hee Cho
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Choreographer/Fight Master: Kevin Williamson

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: Sat., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Featuring current and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists:
Countess: Raquel González
Susanna: Ariana Wehr
Count Almaviva: Hunter Enoch
Figaro: Andrew Bogard
Cherubino: Allegra De Vita
Marcellina: Daryl Freedman
Dr. Bartolo: Timothy J. Bruno
Don Basilio: Frederick Ballentine
Don Curzio: Rexford Tester
Barbarina: Mandy Brown
Antonio: James Shaffran

Performance Timing: Acts 1 &2 - 90 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Acts 3 & 4 - 75 min.

Musicologist Saul
Lilienstein leads the Wednesday, Sep. 28 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Marriage of Figaro.

Following these performances:
Monday evening, Sep. 26
Sunday matinee, Oct. 2
Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

The Marriage of Figaro is also this year's M&M's Opera in the Outfield performance at Nationals Park.Learn more.

Watch and Listen

WNO Commentary: Marriage of Figaro 1 of 5: Overture and Introduction (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Marriage of Figaro 2 of 5: The ‘crazy’ day begins, in a room reserved for Susannah & Figaro (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Marriage of Figaro 3 of 5: Act Two: In the Countess’ bedroom (where the entire cast will show up…) (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Marriage of Figaro 4 of 5: Act Three: All manner of deception, surprises and weddings (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Marriage of Figaro 5 of 5: Act Four: At night in the garden: deception, surprise and a reconciliation (audio only)

WNO - Joshua Hopkins Aria Excerpt

Washington National Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro