. Interchanging Idioms: Mozart's romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro Opens just in time for Valentine's Day

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mozart's romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro Opens just in time for Valentine's Day

Mozart's comedy The Marriage of Figaro has been praised by critics for centuries as "the perfect opera." An extraordinary balancing act between a screwball comedy and a touching drama of redemption, the masterpiece opens Opera Colorado's 2012 season with four performances at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, February 11 through 19.

Maestro John Baril makes his debut as conductor of the production as he leads the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus. Baril's other conducting credits include many productions with Central City Opera where he is Music Director as well as Opera Delaware, Nashville Opera, and many others.
Stage director David Gately returns to Opera Colorado to lend his comic hand to the staging. Gately's direction of the Rossini opera The Barber of Seville was a smash hit at Opera Colorado in 2009. The Rossini opera is "prequel" to the Mozart opera and includes all the same characters, so hopes are high that Gately's staging will strike another chord with Denver audiences this time around.

The cast stars Italian baritone Simone Alberghini in the title role of Figaro. Alberghini last appeared with Opera Colorado in The Elixir of Love in 2007. Alberghini is a native of Bologna, Italy and has performed with many leading opera companies across Europe.

Four performances:
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm

Where: All performances take place at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets in downtown Denver.

Ticket prices start at $20 and go up to $165
Tickets available online at www.operacolorado.org or by phone at 800.982.ARTS

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