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The Marriage of Figaro

Overview

The June 6, 2020 broadcast of this production on 98.1 KING FM was originally recorded on January 23, 2016. It features Shenyang as Figaro and Nuccia Focile as Susanna. Full cast list is available below.

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

MOZART'S MOST POPULAR OPERA. Brighten your winter with a new-to-Seattle production of Mozart's crowd-pleasing masterpiece! Chaos and hilarity abound as clever servants outwit arrogant masters, crafty women outsmart foolish men folk, and one crazy day ends in happiness and love. From the instantly recognizable notes of its toe-tapping overture to its uplifting finale, The Marriage of Figaro sparkles with genius.

General Director Aidan Lang makes his McCaw Hall directorial debut with a new-to-Seattle production that The Seattle Times called "madcap Mozart at its best." Join us to see why this comic masterpiece continues to delight like no other.

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In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes with 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

A castle–the home of the Count and Countess Almaviva–near Seville, in the late 1700s

Act 1
Figaro and Susanna, the valet and maid of Count and Countess Almaviva, are to marry today. Susanna tells Figaro that the Count has been trying to seduce her, and Figaro vows to teach the Count a lesson. Meanwhile, Dr. Bartolo, still seeking vengeance on Figaro for the events of The Barber of Seville, consults with his former servant, Marcellina. She is determined to collect on an old loan made to Figaro. According to the terms, Figaro must either pay her back or marry her. Marcellina fights with her younger rival, Susanna.

The teenage page Cherubino wants Susanna to plead on his behalf with the Countess to reinstate him in the Count's good graces—the Count has banished Cherubino from the castle after finding him with the gardener Antonio's daughter, Barbarina. They hear the Count approaching, and Cherubino hides. The Count attempts to arrange an assignation with Susanna, and he, too, hides when Don Basilio, the music teacher, arrives. When Basilio gossips about Cherubino's crush on the Countess, the jealous Count steps forward. He is telling the story of how he found Cherubino with Barbarina when he discovers Cherubino in yet another compromising situation. Figaro enters and tries to force the Count to marry him to Susanna on the spot. But the Count delays the wedding and orders Cherubino to enlist in his personal regiment in the army.

Act 2
The Countess is heartbroken by her husband's philandering. Susanna sympathizes with her. Figaro enters and divulges his schemes. He has sent the Count an anonymous note telling him that the Countess is expecting a lover while the Count is out hunting. Figaro hopes to keep the Count embroiled in this ruse to deflect his attention from Marcellina's troublesome claim. Figaro also asks Susanna to arrange a rendezvous with the Count later on that evening in the garden; Cherubino, dressed as a girl, will go in Susanna's place. The Count will be caught in the act and forced to mend his ways.

The Countess and Susanna begin to disguise Cherubino. Susanna steps out for a moment. The Count arrives in a jealous fury, having read the anonymous note. He knocks on the bedroom door and finds it locked. The Countess, terrified, hides Cherubino in the closet and then lets the Count in. Susanna re-enters, unnoticed. The Countess refuses to unlock the closet, so the Count leaves, taking the Countess with him, in search of tools to break the lock. Susanna helps the boy escape through the window, and then she hides in the closet, surprising both the Count and Countess when they find her there. Figaro arrives and tries to get everyone to come to the wedding festivities. When the gardener enters and claims someone has jumped out of the window, Figaro takes the blame. Marcellina bursts in with Bartolo and Basilio and demands her case against Figaro be heard.

Act 3
The Countess alters Figaro's plan: Susanna will ask the Count to meet her in the garden that evening, but instead of Cherubino the Countess will go in her place. The Count eagerly agrees to meet Susanna, but he hears her tell Figaro that they have already "won the case" and he is once again filled with suspicion.

Don Curzio, chosen by the Count to hear Marcellina's case, judges that Figaro must either pay off the debt or marry Marcellina. Figaro claims that, as the son of an aristocrat, he cannot marry without the consent of his parents, and since he was a foundling, he doesn't expect to be able to find them. Hearing the story of his childhood abduction, Marcellina realizes that she is Figaro's mother and that his father is Dr. Bartolo. Susanna re-enters with money the Countess has given her to pay off Figaro's debt. Enraged at first at seeing Figaro embrace Marcellina, she calms down when she understands the true situation.

The Countess remembers her love for the Count when they first met, and still cares enough to brave danger to win him back. She dictates a note for Susanna to give to the Count, specifying the location of their supposed rendezvous later that evening in the garden. During the double wedding (of Figaro to Susanna and Bartolo to Marcellina), Susanna slips this note to the Count. The Count is to return a pin used to seal the note as an acknowledgment that he will meet her. He gives the pin to Barbarina to give to Susanna.

Act 4
Barbarina is looking both for Cherubino and for the pin the Count gave her. She tells Figaro about Susanna's pin, and he jumps to the conclusion that Susanna really is planning to betray him. Crushed, he hides in the garden and plans his revenge. Susanna and the Countess arrive and switch cloaks to disguise themselves as each other. Their scheme to fool the Count is disrupted by the inopportune arrival of Cherubino. Figaro eventually realizes what is going on and gets even with Susanna by wooing her in her Countess disguise. Mistaking Susanna for his wife, the Count attempts to "expose" her, but when the real Countess appears, the Count is the one who must ask for forgiveness.

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Cast

Shenyang

Figaro

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro

Bass (Tianjin, China)
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
Alidoro, La Cenerentola (Opernhaus Zurich and Washington National Opera); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing); Missa Solemnis, (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
Upcoming: Escamillo, Carmen (Singapore Symphony Orchestra); Recitals (New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shanghai, Taipei); Concerts (China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra)

Last Updated: January 2016

Shenyang

Figaro

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30

Aubrey Allicock

Figaro

At Seattle Opera 2020/21: Minksman, Flight

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Seattle Opera Debut: Cesare Angelotti, Tosca (15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Recently: Young Emile, Champion (Opera de Montréal); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Argante, Rinaldo (Glyndebourne)
Upcoming: Young Emile, Champion (Michigan Opera Theater); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Lyric Opera Kansas City); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Minnesota Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Aubrey Allicock

Figaro

Jan. 17, 24 & 29

Nuccia Focile

Susanna

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro

Soprano (Militello, Sicily)
Seattle Opera Debut: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, (’02)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Violetta, La traviata (’09); Nedda, Pagliacci (’08); Iphigénie, Iphigénie en Tauride (’07)
Seattle Opera Artist of the Year: Elle, La voix humaine (’13)
Recently: Despina, Così fan tutte (Houston Grand Opera); Mimi, La bohème (New Israeli Opera); Musetta, La bohème (Royal Opera Covent Garden)
Upcoming: Concerts in Berlin and San Francisco

Last Updated: January 2016

Nuccia Focile

Susanna

Jan. 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30

Laura Tatulescu

Susanna

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Despina, Così fan tutte, and Hero, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Despina, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opéra de Lille); Marzelline, Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Norina, Don Pasquale (Florida Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Despina, Così fan tutte (Korean National Opera);Karolka, Jenůfa (Bavarian State Opera) 

Last updated: February 2018

Laura Tatulescu

Susanna

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 24 & 29

Bernarda Bobro

Countess Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Countess Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro

Soprano (Maribor, Slovenia)
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently
: Tytania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Grand-Théâtre de Geneve); Violetta, La traviata (New National Theatre Tokyo); Gretel, Hansel und Gretel (Opéra National de Paris)
Upcoming: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Oper Stuttgart)

Last Updated: January 2016

Bernarda Bobro

Countess Almaviva

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30

Caitlin Lynch

Countess Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Countess Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro

Soprano (Detroit, MI)
Seattle Opera Debut: Micaëla, Carmen (’11)
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2006/07
Recently: Marguerite, Faust (Michigan Opera Theatre); Yadwiga, Enemies, A Love Story (Palm Beach Opera); Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (Omaha Symphony)
Upcoming: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (English National Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Chautauqua Opera); Out of Darkness, world premiere by J. Heggie (Music of Remembrance)

Last Updated: January 2016

Caitlin Lynch

Countess Almaviva

Jan. 17, 24 & 29

Morgan Smith

Count Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Paul, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Seattle Opera Debut: Donald, Billy Budd (’01)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Jim Crowley, An American Dream (’15); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Riccardo, I puritani (’08) 
Recently: Joseph De Rocher, Dead Man Walking (Kentucky Opera); Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Scarpia, Tosca (National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra)
Upcoming: Herman Broder, Enemies, A Love Story (Kentucky Opera); Tadeusz, The Passenger (Israeli Opera); Musiklehrer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Cincinnati Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

Morgan Smith

Count Almaviva

Jan. 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30

John Moore

Count Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Milford (Okoboji), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17); Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17); Steve Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19)
Recently: Frank Lloyd Wright, Shining Brow (Arizona Opera); Achilla, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival Opera House); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Portland Opera) 
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (New Zealand Opera) 

Last Updated: October 2019

Count, The Marriage of Figaro (New Zealand Opera) 

John Moore

Count Almaviva

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 24 & 29

Karin Mushegain

Cherubino

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro

Mezzo Soprano (Pasadena, CA)
Seattle Opera Debut: Cenerentola, La Cenerentola (’13)
Recently: Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Austin Lyric Opera); El Gato, El Gato con botas (Gotham Chamber Opera); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Lyrique en mer, France)
Upcoming: Cenerentola, La Cenerentola (Bob Jones University)

Last Updated: January 2016

Karin Mushegain

Cherubino

Jan. 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30

Elizabeth Pojanowski

Cherubino

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro

Mezzo Soprano (Astoria, New York)
Seattle Opera Debut
Seattle Opera Young Artist:
2007/08, 2008/09
Recently: Sadie, Morning Star (Cincinnati Opera); Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Annapolis Opera); Mercédes, Carmen (Cincinnati Opera)
Upcoming: Isolier, Count Ory (Loft Opera)

Last Updated: January 2016

Elizabeth Pojanowski

Cherubino

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 24 & 29

Margaret Gawrysiak

Marcellina

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Older Woman, Flight

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Berta, The Barber of Seville (’17); Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Colorado); Old Lady, Candide (Tanglewood/Ravinia Festival); Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin (Atlanta Opera)
Upcoming: Berta, The Barber of Seville (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Margaret Gawrysiak

Marcellina

Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29 & 30

Arthur Woodley

Dr. Bartolo

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Dr. Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro

Bass (New York, NY)
Seattle Opera Debut: Dr. Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro (’97)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Crespel, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14); Colline, La bohème (‘13); Alidoro, La Cenerentola (‘13)
Recently: Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte (Florida Grand Opera); Joe, Showboat and Father Trulove, The Rake’s Progress (Portland Opera)
Upcoming: Emile Griffith, Champion (Opera Parallèle); Dick Hallorann, The Shining (world premiere by P. Moravec at Arizona Opera)

Last Updated: January 2016

Arthur Woodley

Dr. Bartolo

Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29 & 30

Steven Cole

Don Basilio

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Don Basilio, The Marriage of Figaro

Tenor (Baltimore, MD)
Seattle Opera Debut: Goro, Madama Butterfly (’89)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14); Spoletta, Tosca (’08);Nick, La fanciulla del West (’04)
Recently: Don Buscone, Veremonda (Spoleto Festival USA); Abbé de Chazeuil, Adriana Lecouvreur (Opéra Nice)
Upcoming: Don Basilio, The Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Kansas); Creation/Creator (world premiere by Christopher Theofanidis at Atlanta Symphony); Recital (Kennedy Center)

Last Updated: January 2016

Steven Cole

Don Basilio

Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29 & 30

Alasdair Elliott

Don Curzio

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Don Curzio, The Marriage of Figaro

Tenor (Hamilton, Scotland)
Seattle Opera Debut: Spoletta, Tosca (’15)
Recently: Bardolfo, Falstaff (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Red Whiskers, Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival); First Jew, Salome (Netherlands Opera)
Upcoming: Balthazar Zorn, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne Festival); various roles, The Nose and Innkeeper, Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera Covent Garden)

Last Updated: January 2016