Le nozze di Figaro

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Le nozze di Figaro

Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Based on the play ‘La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro’ (1784) by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on May 1, 1786.

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Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8pm

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3pm

The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Co-Sponsored by Mary Sale

Directed by John Stephens

Orchestra conducted by Scott Schoonover

Cast:

Count Almaviva: Chad Armstrong

Countess Almaviva: Jane Jennings

Susanna: Katy Lindhart

Figaro: Todd William Donovan

Cherubino: Cherry Duke

Marcellina: Erin Haupt

Bartolo: Stephen Bryant

Basilio: Zachary Devin

Don Curzio: Anthony Heinemann

Barbarina: Katherine Van  Zandt

Antonio: John Stephens

 

 

Synopsis

Act I: Count Almaviva’s country estate near Seville, late 18th century. The servants Figaro and Susanna are preparing for their wedding. Figaro is furious when his bride tells him that the Count has made advances toward her and vows to outwit his master. The scheming Dr. Bartolo appears with Marcellina, who wants Figaro to marry her. When she runs into Susanna, the two women trade insults. The page Cherubino enters; finding Susanna alone, he explains to her that he is in love with all women. He hides when the Count—who is angry because he caught Cherubino flirting with Barbarina, the gardener’s daughter—shows up. The Count again pursues Susanna, but conceals himself when the music master, Basilio, approaches. When Basilio tells Susanna that Cherubino has a crush on the Countess, the Count furiously steps forward. He becomes further enraged when he discovers Cherubino hiding in the room. The Count orders Cherubino to join his regiment in Seville and leaves Figaro to cheer up the unhappy adolescent.

Act II: The Countess despairs that her husband no longer loves her, but after some encouragement from Figaro and Susanna she agrees to set a trap for him: they will send Cherubino, disguised as Susanna, to a rendezvous with the Count. Susanna begins to dress Cherubino in girls’ clothes. When she goes off to find a ribbon, the Count knocks and is annoyed to find the door locked. Cherubino hides in the closet. The Countess opens the door to her husband, who, when he hears a noise, is skeptical of her story that Susanna is in the closet. Taking his wife with him, he leaves to get tools to force the door. Meanwhile, Susanna, who has reentered unseen and observed everything, helps Cherubino escape through the window before taking his place in the closet. When the Count and Countess return, both are stunned to find Susanna inside the closet. All seems well until the gardener Antonio appears, complaining that someone has jumped from the window, ruining his flowers. Figaro, who has rushed in to announce that everything is ready for the wedding, pretends that it was he who jumped. When Bartolo, Marcellina, and Basilio appear, waving a court summons for Figaro, the delighted count declares the wedding postponed.

Act III: Susanna leads the Count on with promises of a rendezvous, but he grows doubtful when he overhears her conspiring with Figaro. Alone, the Countess recalls her past happiness, vowing to regain her husband’s affections. Marcellina wins her case but then, noticing a birthmark on Figaro’s arm, is astonished to discover that he is her long lost son. Susanna and the Countess continue their conspiracy against the Count and compose a letter to him confirming the rendezvous with Susanna that evening. Later, during Figaro and Susanna’s wedding ceremony, the bride slips the letter to the Count.

Act IV: Barbarina tells Figaro and Marcellina about the planned rendezvous between the Count and Susanna. Thinking that his bride is unfaithful, Figaro angrily leaves; just missing Susanna and the countess who are dressed as each other. Alone, Susanna sings a love song that Figaro, hidden nearby, thinks she is addressing to the Count. Susanna conceals herself in time to see Cherubino declare his love to the disguised Countess—until the Count chases him away to be alone with “Susanna.” Soon Figaro understands what is going on and, joining in the fun, makes exaggerated advances towards Susanna in her Countess disguise. The Count returns, finding Figaro with his wife (or so he thinks). Outraged, he calls everyone to witness his wife’s infidelities. At that moment, the real Countess reveals her identity. Realizing the truth, the Count asks for his wife’s forgiveness and the couple is reunited.