"Love, desire and deception – with a pinch of political unrest.
Step into a whirlwind of laughter and mischief as you witness a battle of societal classes that threaten a chance at love. Set in the span of one eventful day at Count Almaviva’s estate near Seville, Spain, the story revolves around the Count’s chaotic attempt to seduce his wife’s servant, Susanna, before her marriage to his own servant, Figaro. Trouble brews as Figaro discovers the Count’s plan, pushing him into a quest for payback. While Count Almaviva and Figaro’s comedic determination will have you smiling in delight, remember – this funny tale once caused quite the thoughtful ruckus!
Known for its wit and charm, The Marriage of Figaro has earned its place as one of the most frequently performed operas ever, offering a warm welcome to newcomers to the opera scene and a cherished escape for long-time enthusiasts. This opera’s roots trace back to the ingenious mind of French writer Pierre Beaumarchais, whose work dared to poke fun at societal hierarchies and even was temporarily banned due to its provocative themes." neworleansopera.org
Elizabeth Askren begins her 2023/2024 season with two upcoming back-to-back productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
The first production is by with the New Orleans Opera at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Performances will be held are Friday, September 29, 2023 at 7:30PM and Sunday, October 1 at 2:30PM. Both performances and will be preceded one hour ahead of showtime (at 6:30PM and 1:30PM, respectively) by a Pre-Opera Party and “Nuts and Bolts Lecture” covering background on the opera, its staging, and other details. Chas Rader-Shieber directs this production, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mozart’s score.