Everyone Loves a Sequel
Beaumarchais’ Figaro series hits the stage
Posted: Tuesday, December 2nd
Charlotte, NC, – Pierre Beaumarchais was a watchmaker, an inventor, a spy, a fugitive, a weapons dealer, a musician, a publisher, a politician, and, finally, a playwright. We know this French revolutionary for his Figaro plays: The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Guilty Mother. All three plays have been crafted into operas, the first two extraordinarily well known, thanks to Rossini and Mozart, respectively. In a rare programming move, Opera Carolina will perform The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro sequentially.
In both The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, be on the watch for two recurring characters: Figaro (the barber) and Count Almaviva. Their relationship begins jovially enough; a master-and-servant dynamic prevails in The Barber of Seville, as Figaro plots and plans with Almaviva. However, in The Marriage of Figaro, the men become rivals while vying for the same woman’s love. Though The Barber of Seville is the first installment in Beaumarchais’ trilogy, it was not adapted into an opera until some 30 years after Mozart had already composed The Marriage of Figaro.
These two works are not to be missed, and their serial production provides a great way to experience Part 1 and Part 2 of Figaro’s shenanigans. Opera Carolina is currently offering Mini-Subscription packages, consisting of two or three mainstage performances. See the sequel and save: Mini-2 Subscriptions for The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro duo are available for $29-$171.
The Barber of Seville will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center January 24 at 8:00 p.m., January 25 at 2:00 p.m. and January 29 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional Saturday performance January 31 at 8:00 p.m. The Marriage of Figaro will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center March 7 at 8:00 p.m., March 8 at 2:00 p.m., and March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us at www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at Opera Carolina Cast Bios. To download images of this production please visit Opera Carolina Media Photos. Current images available include production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.
The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro will be sung in Italian with projected English titles. Opera Carolina’s productions of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro are recommended for audiences of all ages and are rated G. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. These productions are made possible by Presenting Sponsor Time Warner Cable. Additional support provided by Grubb Properties, National Gypsum, Cadwalader, and U.S. Airways. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer. Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season!
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.
Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.
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