Queens College Presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, One of the Most-Performed Operas in North America

WHAT: Fully staged production of Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), a comic opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; considered to be one of the masterpieces of Western music. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

WHO: Performed by students of the Queens College Opera Studio and guest artists. Co-produced by the Aaron Copland School of Music, Edward Smaldone, Director, and the Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, Charles Repole, Chair. Conducted by Maurice Peress; directed by David Ronis. Set design by Troy Hourie; costume design by Meghan Healey; lighting design by Jeff Greenberg; wigs and makeup by David Zimmerman.

WHEN: Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 16 at 2:30 pm
Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Goldstein Theater
Queens College: 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY
For travel directions: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php

TICKETS: $20 on March 14, 16 and 18; $22 on March 15. Discount: $2 off for seniors.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 718-793-8080. Also available
at door of Goldstein Box Office one hour before each performance.

BACKGROUND:

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, is one of the most frequently performed operas in North America. The opera, which features 11 principal roles, has been widely acclaimed for its sublime music and engaging story.

The action revolves around the philandering Count Almaviva who seeks the favors of his wife’s maid, Susanna. Susanna is about to marry the Count’s valet, Figaro. After a comic series of deceptions, the Count is exposed, humiliated, and ultimately forgiven by the Countess.

Based on the controversial play by Pierre de Beaumarchais that satirizes 18th -century rural aristocracy, Figaro premiered in Vienna in 1786. While the opera depicts the social and political undercurrents of its era, its appeal is timeless. Figaro examines the nature of human relationships and the universal themes of love and fidelity, resonating with audiences of all kinds.

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Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
718-997-5597
phyllis.cohen-stevens@qc.cuny.edu

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
718-997-5593
maria.matteo@qc.cuny.edu