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Mozart’s The Marraige of Figaro - June 21, 2015 - War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 2:00 pm



My friend Wade is correct.  Mozart writes very long operas!  I think this was almost four hours long. It had four acts and two intermissions.  

Like most of Mozart, this is a light comedy about love, jealousy, suspicion, class, and privilege of the upper class to do what they like with the lower class.

Figaro, of course, wants to marry Susanna but Count Almaviva wants to prevent the marriage so he can have her as his mistress. This, even though he has just decreed royalty will no longer have the ability to take precedent over marriage.  

Countess Almaviva suspects her husband of affairs and she and Figaro and Susanna plot to make sure the Count stays loyal to her and Figaro and Susanna can wed.  They are aided by Cherubino who has eyes for the Countess.  

A problem for Figaro is the promise of marriage to Marcellina for money loaned.  Dr Bartolo is serving as her solicitor in the matter and things look bad for Figaro.  To compound the farce, Figaro is now suspected of illicit affairs by Susanna, Figaro suspects Susanna of illicit affairs, and it all becomes more and more entangled.  Finally, it all works out with Figaro and Susanna getting married and the Count realizing his duty to be faithful to his wife.  Good luck with that.

Philippe Sly did an excellent job as Figaro and Lisette Oropesa was very good as Susanna.  Cherubino is traditionally played by a female even though it is a male role and this was well done by Kate Lindsey.  


The image is from San Francisco Opera’s webpage.

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