ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" in English libretto at the Goodrich Theater in the Fine Arts Building on the college's campus from March 16-19. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday's performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
This 18th Century comic opera in four acts is a continuation of Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," in which Figaro the barber helps Count Almaviva win the heart of Rosine, while she is engaged to marry Dr. Bartolo. "The Marriage of Figaro" resumes the story several years later: Figaro has become Count Almaviva's servant and is engaged to marry Susanna, who is Countess Rosine Almaviva's maid. Meanwhile, Dr. Bartolo seeks revenge on Figaro, and Countess Rosine is having marital issues with her husband, Count Almaviva, who secretly is trying to woo Susanna away from Figaro.
Since it premier in 1786, which Mozart, himself, directed, "The Marriage of Figaro" has remained one of the world's most beloved operas. Opera America, an organization that promotes appreciation of opera nationwide, lists "Figaro" among its top 10 "Cornerstone" operatic works.
The "Marriage of Figaro" is directed by John McCaslin-Doyle, conducted by Timothy Newton and produced by SUNY Oneonta's Theatre Department, Mask and Hammer Theatre Club, Music Department, and Apollo Music Club. The cost of general admission to each performance is $10. Tickets may be purchased online at http://oneontatickets.com and in person at the Fine Arts Building Box Office on the college's campus. Box office inquiries and reservations may be directed to (607) 436-3100. A theatre parking map for this event is available here.