Le Nozze di Figaro

Music by

W. A. Mozart

The War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco, CA

Sunday June 14, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Thursday June 18, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Sunday June 21, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Wednesday June 24, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Saturday June 27, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Monday June 29, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Friday July 3, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Sunday July 5, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Cast

Figaro  Philippe Sly
Susanna  Lisette Oropesa
Countess Almaviva  Nadine Sierra
Cherubino  Kate Lindsey - Jun 14, 18, 21, 24, 27
Cherubino  Angela Brower - Jun 29, Jul 3, 5
Count Almaviva  Luca Pisaroni
Don Bartolo  John Del Carlo
Marcellina  Catherine Cook
Don Basilio  Greg Fedderly

Conductor

Patrick Summers

Director

Robin Guarino

Lighting

Gary Marder

Chorusmaster

Ian Robertson

About

MUSIC BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

Mozart's warmest, wisest opera is one of the composer’s most graceful creations—a tender comedy in which a countess and her servant join forces to punish her aristocrat husband for his philandering. In the process, two very different couples learn humbling lessons about life and love. The cast is led by Philippe Sly as Figaro, a “gifted and accomplished” singer who has “the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase” (San Francisco Chronicle). Luca Pisaroni, known for his “impressive natural gifts” and “masterful intelligence and taste” (Opera News) is the lecherous Count, with the charismatic Nadine Sierra as his Countess and Lisette Oropesa as Figaro’s saucy love Susanna. Patrick Summers, whose Figaro was celebrated for its “dramatic pace, musical discernment and unfailing good taste” (Sydney Morning Herald), conducts.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles Approximate running time: 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions

San Francisco Opera production

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the Opera House in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.

Audio excerpts are from the 2010 performance of The Marriage of Figaro with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

Media

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Reviews

‘Figaro’ in the shadows at S.F. Opera

Soprano Lisette Oropesa was a superb Susanna, singing with both delicacy and quick-witted allure. Her duet with the Count at the beginning of Act 3, in which Susanna pretends to be willing to accept his advances, was a particular high point.

—  Joshua Kosman  •  SFGate

Figaro Charms in Well-Cast S.F. Opera Revival

Lisette Oropesa is a charming Susanna. Her voice has a gorgeous delicate quality to it but still has volume. Her "Deh vieni, non tardar" was unstrained and she managed to do a perfect martial arts flip of Figaro when she loses her temper with him later in the act.

—  Charlise Tiee  •  San Francisco Classical Voice

Review: San Francisco Opera’s Youthful Cast Excels in “Marriage of Figaro”

As the center of most everything that happens in the opera, a Susanna must convey wit, intelligence and spark. Oropesa does this convincingly, as well as affectingly singing Susanna’s great aria, Deh vieni, non tardar.

—  Williams  •  Opera Warhorses

Mozart’s ‘Figaro’ a welcome return to S.F. Opera

Singing from the heart, the entire ensemble was at its thespian best. Bass-baritones Sly and Pisaroni, both tall and handsome, engaged in convincing combat, and sopranos Sierra and Oropesa were beauteous and appealing.

—  Janos Gereben  •  San Francisco Examiner