One of the greatest operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro is a witty, yet profound tale of love, revenge and forgiveness. Figaro, valet to Count Almaviva, and Susanna, maid to the Countess, are set to be married…but the Count has his own designs on Susanna’s virtue! Naturally, Figaro is determined to prevent the Count from compromising his fiancée. What follows is a hilarious exercise in duplicity that leads to a blissful, memorable finale all set to Mozart’s timeless music.
This grand event marks the Virginia Opera conducting debut of Steven Smith, Music Director of the Richmond Symphony. Company favorite Lillian Groag will bring both insightful exploration of character and wildly funny stage action to this classic. Lyric soprano Yunah Lee and Aaron St.Clair Nicholson (The Mikado, 2012) play the Count and Countess opposite Virginia-native, Matthew Burns (Orphée, 2012) as everyone’s favorite rascal, Figaro and Metropolitan Opera soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird as his bride-to-be, Susanna.