|Countess Almaviva||Soile Isokoski|
|Count Almaviva||Stéphane Degout|
|Don Bartolo||Kristinn Sigmundsson|
|Don Basilio||Rodell Rosel|
|Don Curzio||Benjamin Bliss|
Figaro is one of the best-known names in opera today, just as James Conlon is one of opera’s finest conductors. Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro reaches lofty heights of tunefulness in the intimate setting of the Martin Theatre, the 850-seat acoustic gem of the same size as Mozartean halls. John Relyea reprises the title role he stepped into at Ravinia in 2010, with Lisette Oropesa also returning as Susanna and Soile Isokoski and Stéphane Degout portraying the Countess and Count Almaviva.
Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, Director)
The combination of his (John Relyea) big but expressive bass-baritone and her (Lisette Oropesa) lithe, silvery soprano was enchanting. Moving with the elegance of a ballerina, Oropesa flitted easily between outraged innocence and wily cynicism.— Wynne Delacoma • Chicago Classical Review
Lisette Oropesa is a natural on stage. Her lovely, light soprano fit Susanna perfectly. Hers is the standard to which all opera acting should aspire.— Susan Hall • Berkshire Fine Arts
His Susanna was the attractive American soprano Lisette Oropesa, who deftly captured the sparkle and intelligence of that lovely character. Oropeso is graceful beyond telling, moving like a dancer, shining in every scene.— Dorothy Andries • Mundelein Review
Lisette has given 37 performances as Susanna.