Opera “The Marriage of Figaro” Discussed at the Palisades Library

Craig Colclough sings the role of Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Mary Johnston, one of the passionate and knowledgeable volunteers at LA Opera will give a talk about L.A. Opera’s presentation of The Marriage of Figaro. This opera will run through February 26 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Johnston’s talk is free and will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 11, in the Pacific Palisades Library Community Room, 861 Alma Real

Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on his wife’s maid Susanna, who’s about to marry his own manservant Figaro. Figaro quickly concocts a plan to outwit his master. Will it work? Mozart’s greatest comedy sparkles with disguises, wit, trickery, and humanity.

Written at a time of revolution in 1786, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, describes servants rising up and outwitting their masters. This outraged the aristocracy and caused the play to be banned in many cities, including Vienna, where Mozart was based at the court of Emperor Joseph II.

This is a new LA production is conducted by Music Director James Conlon. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, with costumes designed by celebrated fashion designer Christian Lacroix.

After listening to Mary Johnston, you may want to go to the opera in person. The best availability and lowest prices are on February 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

One hour before each performance begins, Conlon will give a pre-show talk about The Marriage of Figaro in Stern Grand Hall, on the second floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Admission to the talk is complimentary with a patron’s ticket.


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