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The Marriage of Figaro

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyrics by Lorenzo da Ponte

Based on the comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais

The perfect melding of music and action in a delightful comedy

Sung in Italian with English translations

University Opera Theatre

University Symphony Orchestra

Power Center

November 12 - 15, 2009


The Story: Count Almaviva’s valet Figaro is looking forward to his imminent wedding with the beautiful Susanna. Unfortunately, his lascivious employer is also intent on bedding the young chambermaid. Aware of the Count’s intentions, the Countess, with Susanna’s help, intends to teach her husband a lesson on the dangers of infidelity. Add in a love-sick teenager who causes unexpected confusion and hilarity abounds as multiple love interests vie for the perfect pairing. Through subtle intrigue, scintillating sexual games, and mistaken identities, Figaro and Susanna must outmaneuver and outwit the entire household to end up finally in each other’s arms.

Artistic Significance: Called “the world’s most perfect opera,” The Marriage of Figaro has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1786. The first collaboration between Mozart and librettist da Ponte, Figaro is the successful sequel to The Barber of Seville. Da Ponte’s witty libretto melds humor with humanity and is paired with Mozart’s groundbreaking score in a true marriage of music and drama. From the instantly recognizable overture to the rousing ensemble finale, the opera is filled with one brilliant melody after another. A celebrated operatic tour de force, The Marriage of Figaro sparkles with genius.




November 12 & 14, 2009

November 13 & 15, 2009


Jonathan Christopher

Edward Hanlon


Mary Martin

Nicole Greenidge


Rhea Olivaccé

Theresa Bridges


Joseph Roberts

Jesse Enderle


Kate Wakefield

Monica Sciaky


Kristin Eder

Monique Holmes


Benjamin Sieverding*

Nicholas Ward*


Kyle Matthew Knapp

Willis Berne D. Bote


Jennifer Gordon

Stephanie Hradsky


Drew Smith

Austin Chrzanowski

* Mr. Sieverding will perform on Nov. 12 & 13 and Mr. Ward will perform on Nov. 14 & 15.


Camila Ballario, Leah Bobbey, Ben Brady, Andrew Catalano,
Kathryn Graham, Matthew Greenblatt, Robert Harris, Kelly Hedgspeth,
Austin Hoeltzel, Michael Martin, Alan Nagel, Amanda O’Toole, Sarah Ring,
Kristen Seikaly, Kate Spear, Nathan Taylor, Carol Urban,
Jeffrey Wilkinson, Jeremy Williams, Samantha Winter, Sara Zeglevski


Figaro graphic image

Artistic Staff

Director Robert Swedberg
Conductor Kenneth Kiesler
Scenic Designer Peter Harrison
Costume Coordinator Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Craig Kidwell
Wig Designer Erin Lunsford
Stage Manager

Mitchell B. Hodges


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower