Opera at USC to present ‘The Marriage of Figaro’
Opera at USC will perform one of Mozart’s most successful works, “The Marriage of Figaro,” March 26 and 28.
The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the new School of Music band hall. Ticket prices are $18 for general admission; $15 for seniors, faculty, staff and military; $5 for students.
The four-act opera, which will be performed in Italian, is a continuation of the plot of “The Barber of Seville,” a French play by Pierre Beaumarchais.
“The Marriage of Figaro,” or “Le Nozze di Figaro,” describes a day of madness in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Figaro and Susanna are engaged to be married. The Count, who is married to Countess Rosina, is pursing Susanna and finds excuses to delay her wedding to Figaro. Figaro, Susanna and Rosina discover the Count’s plan and conspire to embarrass and expose his scheming. The Count responds by trying to legally compel Figaro to marry a woman old enough to be his mother, but it turns out at the last minute that she really is his mother. Through the clever manipulations of Figaro and Susanna, the Count’s love for Rosina is finally restored.
“Opera at USC is thrilled to be presenting what many have called the greatest opera of all time,” said director Ellen Schlaefer. “Certainly a favorite since its first performance in 1786, “Le Nozze di Figaro” will be performed in a new venue: the new School of Music band hall. This is a tremendous challenge for our program, but the cast is certainly up to it.”
Guest artist Daniel Cole will join the graduate and undergraduate students in the title role of Figaro. Cole has appeared in Lisbon, Cologne, Taiwan, Amsterdam and New York and with numerous regional opera companies in the United States.
This production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” features costumes designed by Robina D’arcy-Fox and sets by Gary Eckhart, originally designed for the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
For more information on “The Marriage of Figaro,” contact Schlaefer at 803-777-0058.