PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Purchase Opera will present the Mozart classic "Le Nozze di Figaro"(The Marriage of Figaro) in the Recital Hall, Purchase College Performing Arts Center at 735 Anderson Hill Road, on Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14.
Performances will be held Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A global favorite for centuries, the four-act comic opera will feature luxurious costumes, elaborate sets and accompaniment by the Purchase Symphony Orchestra.
"Figaro" will feature the talents of students in the Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s Opera Performance and Vocal Studies department, a highly-selective program designed to train and mentor students in professional classical singing.
“Figaro is a highly entertaining opera but also very challenging to perform, with brilliantly crafted arias and intricate ensemble pieces," said Jacque Trussel, stage director of Purchase Opera and head of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies. "We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to rise to this performance challenge — and also provide the community with a world-class opera experience in a local venue.”
"Le Nozze di Figaro," composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, premiered in Vienna in 1786. One of Mozart’s most beloved masterpieces, "Figaro" is a witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
“Figaro provides a perfect vehicle for the dual purpose of Purchase Opera: to give our students a chance to gain invaluable experience on stage and to enlighten and entertain audiences,” says Jacque Trussel.
“We first performed 'Figaro' 10 years ago, and this encore performance is highly anticipated by both our students and opera lovers.”
Tickets are $20, with discounts available for seniors and the campus community.
The opera is a co-production with the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, with designs and production executed by the Theatre Design/Technology program. It is made possible through a donation from the Emily Grant Opera Performance and Production Fund.
To order tickets, visit www.artscenter.org or call 914-251-6200.
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