University of Nebraska–Lincoln Opera presents “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 13 in Kimball Recital Hall.
Figaro, the Count’s valet, is to be married to Susanna, maidservant to the Countess. But there’s one little problem. The Count has designs on Susanna, and he is prepared to use all the power of his position to prevent the wedding from taking place. The stage is set for a battle of wits between servant and master, between husbands and wives, in a whirlwind of mistaken identities, captivating intrigue, and hysterical plot twists, all concluding in a miraculous devotion to the power of human forgiveness and love.
The opera will be directed by Richard H. Larson, distinguished professor of music, and William Shomos, director of opera. Tyler White, professor and director of orchestras, will conduct the orchestra. This Glenn Korff School of Music production will feature a 1920s setting.
Shomos is again collaborating with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film on the production.
“The art deco-age setting of the Count’s estate is conceptualized and designed by J.D. Madsen, professor and head of design/technology,” Shomos said. “Stylish costumes are designed by MFA in theatre arts candidate Camille Lerner. And the evocative lighting is created by MFA in theatre arts candidate Francisco Hermosillo III, with properties and painting by Carson School alumna Jill Hibbard. I’m really indebted to the generous spirit of my friends over in the Carson School.”
Glenn Korff School of Music graduate student Rylee Worstell, who plays Cherubino in the opera, said she loves this show because it’s a wonderful introduction to opera as a whole.
“Mozart’s music is exquisite, his characters are lovable and witty, and the entire show is thrilling and engaging to watch,” she said. “I hope the audience feels the same.”
Joshua Pitt, a master of music graduate student in vocal performance, plays Figaro.
Tickets are $20 adults and $10 for seniors/students. Tickets are available here or by calling 800-504-4849.
The opera will be sung in Italian with projected supertitles.