Le Nozze di Figaro

Music by

W. A. Mozart

Mahalia Jackson Theater

New Orleans, LA

Friday April 10, 2015 - 8:00 PM
Sunday April 12, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Cast

Figaro  Kostas Smoriginas
Susanna  Lisette Oropesa
Countess Almaviva  Twyla Robinson
Cherubino  Julie Boulianne
Count Almaviva  Keith Phares
Marcellina  Cindy Sadler
Don Basilio  Torrance Blaisdell
Don Curzio  Kameron Lopreore
Don Bartolo  Thomas Hammons
Barbarina  Aurora Serafine
Antonio  Keneth Weber

Conductor

Robert Lyall

Production

Jose Maria Condemi

About

Not just another typical day at the castle.

The Count loves the Countess, but wants Susanna. Susanna is planning on marrying Figaro, but so is Marcellina. Bartolo wants to marry Marcellina, with whom he is secretly in love ... oh well, you get the point! Throw in a  plot to catch a cheating husband, a scheme to make the Count jealous, and a wife's plan to get revenge, and you have Mozart's brilliant setting of the Beaumarchais play that "launched the French Revolution."

Full of disguises, intrigue, and mistaken identities, this evening of hijinks set to Mozart's incomparable music will take you on an adventure of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Understand Every Word: Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.

Reviews

N.O. Opera closes season with appealing ‘Marriage of Figaro’

As Susanna, Figaro’s bride-to-be, Louisiana-born and -raised Lisette Oropesa was taking on one of the most demanding roles in the soprano repertoire. Being in nearly every scene of a long opera can pose a serious challenge to a singer, but Oropesa rose to it. In her arias as well as in duets and ensemble pieces, Oropesa offered a fine display of vocal versatility, from the lilting coloratura of a young woman in love to the confusion and anger of the object of the lascivious intentions of her overlord, Count Almaviva.

—  Thomas Hammon  •  New Orleans Advocate

Opera Ends Season With Figaro's High Note

As Susanna, Lisette Oropesa pulls of the the notable aria “Venite, inginocchiatevi “ (“Come, kneel down before me”) perfectly. However, Oropesa’s best moments come through her mastery of the physical humor so prevalent in the play. She executes slapstick with the skill of Charlie Chaplin and keeps the audience laughing so hard that the music occasionally feels like lagniappe. Kudos must be given the blocking in the work.

—  Michael Martin  •  NOLA Defender

'Le Nozze di Figaro' closes season with opera that pleases the ears

Soprano Lisette Oropesa returned home to sing the role of Susanna, bringing an alluring lyricism to the stage. Her rendition of "Deh vieni, non tardar" was especially sweet. Oropesa also is a fine comic actress, capable of raising the buffoonery of it all a notch or two.

—  Theodore P. Mahne  •  The Times-Picayune