The Marriage of Figaro
W. A. Mozart
MAY 4 | 7 | 10 | 12 | 2019
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Sung in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.
Estimated run time: 3 hours, with one 20-minute intermission.
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The wily Figaro and his love, Susanna, are set to marry, but Count Almaviva is intent on seducing the bride-to-be—stoking not only the couple’s ire, but the frustrations of the long-suffering Countess. What unfolds is hilarious chaos set to a sparkling score.
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Upcoming engagements a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the world premiere of An American Soldier for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. His most recent acclaimed productions include La Bohème (Opera Colorado), A Little Night Music (Des Moines Metro Opera/Houston Grand Opera), Sweeney Todd (Skylight Music Theater), Celebrating Placido Domingo (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Madama Butterfly (Arizona Opera), Don Quichotte (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Romeo and Juliet (Minnesota Opera), Frankenstein (West Edge Opera), L’Opera Seria (American Premiere at Wolf Trap Opera), and After the Storm (World Premiere at Houston Grand Opera).
Simone AlberghiniCount Almaviva
Recent engagements include Guillaume Tell at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and in Bologna; Donizetti’s Il furioso all’ isola di San Domingo at the Donizetti Musica Festival in Bergamo and on tour in Italy; L’Elisir d’Amore in Washington; Anna Bolena at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Così fan tutte in Bologna and Firenze; Don Giovanni at the Perm State Opera under Teodor Currentzis; La Bohème in Tenerife and in Palermo; Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Toulon; La Cenerentola in Washington, Naples and Gothenburg; Mozart’s Requiem in Turin with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai; La Gazza Ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Il Trovatore in Tenerife; Il Turco in Italia in Ravenna; Donizetti’s Requiem with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra; and Carmen in Bologna.
Ellie DehnCountess Almaviva
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Dehn makes her role debut as the title role in Massenet’s Manon at the San Francisco Opera opposite tenor Michael Fabiano; makes her company debut at Dallas Opera as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève as the Countess in Figaro Gets a Divorce, a modern addition to the Figaro trilogy composed by Elena Langer; and will reprise the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah at Saint Thomas Church in New York City and with the Florida Orchestra.
Ms. Dehn’s 2016-2017 season included her company debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as Musetta in La Bohème, and her return to San Francisco Opera in the same role under the baton of Maestro Carlo Montanaro. She also returned to San Diego Opera for her role debut as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Future projects include returns to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and her debut with Virginia Opera. Recent highlights include Nanetta in Falstaff in her San Deigo Opera debut; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Komische Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Portland Opera, Washington National Opera, Edingburgh International Festival, Opera Colorado, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, and Tulsa Opera; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Cleveland; and her mainstage debut with Seattle Opera as Léïla in Les pêcheurs de perles.
McKay is a former member of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program and was a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia (summa cum laude) and her Master of Music at The Ohio State University.
Most recently, Kuster returned to Dallas Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata and Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila. Last season, he performed the role of Escamillo in Peter Brook’s La tragédie of Carmen with San Diego Opera, Don Basilio in On Site Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La bohème with The Charleston Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Florida Grand Opera, a concert titled “Arias and Ensembles” with Dallas Opera, and a concert with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include the title role in Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera; Amore in L’abore di Diana and Lucy Talbot in Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera; the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera Festival; Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Quad City Symphony and the Colorado Symphony; and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Adriana’s 2017-2018 season includes appearances as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Handel & Haydn Society, Manja in the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me with Opera Colorado, and Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas with both San Diego Opera and Madison Opera.