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VA OPERA - THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, FEB 17 & 19

January 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS presents
The Virginia Opera production of
MOZART’S lively confection
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
An opera in four acts
libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Featuring the return of charming soprano Jane Redding in her role-debut as Susanna, and the Virginia Opera debut of veteran British soprano-turned-stage director,
Lorna Haywood
Friday, February 17, 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, January 9, 2006—Virginia Opera dons its party hat, joining the world in celebrating 250 years of Mozart with this production of his boisterous romantic comedy, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. The opera is performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, February 17, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. Pre-performance discussions are held 45-minutes prior to both performances on the Hall’s Grand Tier, and Friday’s audiences are treated to a “wedding-style reception” in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.

Soprano Jane Redding, last seen as Gilda in RIGOLETTO (2004), returns to Virginia Opera as Susanna, the beautiful servant at the center of Mozart’s madcap wedding-day romp. Singing the role of Figaro, Susanna’s groom-to-be, is bass-baritone Joshua Winograde, who makes his company debut along with soprano Patricia Andress (Countess Almaviva) and baritone Michael Todd Simpson (Count Almaviva). Also returning in the “pants-role” of Cherubino is mezzo-soprano Giavanna Kersulis, the former Virginia Opera Spectrum Resident Artist last seen as Siebel in FAUST (2005).

British soprano Lorna Haywood – who has performed the role of Countess Almaviva herself, before embarking on her current successful career as a stage director – makes her directorial debut with Virginia Opera.
“Mozart outdid himself – this opera is the perfect marriage of words and music,” says Associate Conductor Dan Saunders, who conducts in Norfolk and Fairfax. And, he continues, “I never tire of it, and hope the audience will sense our passion and love for this masterpiece.”

As servants Figaro and Susanna prepare to wed, their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, decides he wants Susanna for himself. Meanwhile, the pageboy Cherubino courts the Count's wife as the Countess's former governess, Marcellina, woos Figaro – all secretly scheming to win their heart's desire. In the end, Figaro gets his bride, but Mozart leaves us to ponder: does love really conquer all?

The production is sung in Italian with English Supertitles projected above the stage.

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Tickets for VIRGINIA OPERA’S MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
are $44-$84. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


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