The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
With a professional cast of top-class performers, lavish costumes and period sets, Opera Brava’s production of The Marriage of Figaro promises first-rate quality and a great deal of fun.
Baritone Hawken Vrasmo plays Count Almaviva, the over amorous villain of the piece who is determined to upset the marriage plans of his two servants Figaro and Susanna by exercising his "droit de seigneur”. Figaro (Ian Beadle), for his part, is desired by Marcellina, to whom he owes a substantial debt. Marcellina plots to force Figaro to marry her as a forfeit for non-payment.
Meanwhile, Susanna (soprano Stephanie Bodsworth) hatches a counter-plot with the Count's wife (soprano Amanda Buckland), herself coveted by the amorous page-boy Cherubino (Melanie Lodge), to foil the Count's plans to seduce Susanna and expose his adulterous intentions. Susanna agrees to a night-time rendezvous with the Count but it will in fact be the Countess who is to meet and confront her husband.
Disaster almost ensues when Figaro stumbles upon what he believes to be Susanna and the Count locked in an embrace and is beside himself with rage. However he learns the truth just in time and the humbled, humiliated Count is forced to beg his wife for forgiveness.
Under the direction of Bronek Pomorski and with Robert Bottriell as musical director, opera fans -- and newcomers to the classical entertainment -- are in for a real treat with this traditional production.
Completing the cast are International tenor, Cameron Rolls as Basilio and Curzio, and Geoffrey Moses, Covent Garden soloist(bass), as Bartolo and Antonio.
£25.00 (£22.50 for Friends). Egerton Millennium Hall.
This event is sponsored by Peter and Beryl Stevens