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Figaro Unbound 2015

LA Opera Concludes Figaro Trilogy with
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

 James Conlon conducts stellar cast for
culmination of Figaro Unbound celebration

(Los Angeles) February 19, 2015 — Following on the heels of The Ghosts of Versailles and The Barber of Seville, LA Opera concludes its 2015 Figaro Trilogy with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the finale of its three-month Figaro Unbound exploration. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon conducts an international roster of stars led by Italian bass-baritone Roberto Tagliavini in his company debut as Figaro and South African soprano Pretty Yende as Susanna

The Marriage of Figaro will have six performances from March 21 through April 12, 2015, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012).

About the Opera
The Marriage of Figaro is set after the events depicted in The Barber of Seville, in which the wily Figaro helped Count Almaviva win the heart of Rosina, who then becomes the Countess. Now working as the Count's valet, Figaro has fallen in love with Susanna, the Countess's maid. But the Count's wandering eye has turned to the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and the Countess herself gets into the action when she learns of her husband’s illicit plans. Or is she embroiled in a liaison of her own with the amorous pageboy Cherubino?

From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart’s comic masterpiece brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness.

The  Marriage of Figaro is the final chapter in LA Opera's 2015 Figaro Trilogy—three operas based on late 18th-century stage comedies by Pierre Beaumarchais. The trilogy began with The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano (now playing through March 1) and will continue with The Barber of Seville by Rossini (opening February 28 through March 22).

About the Cast
Aside from Roberto Tagliavini (Figaro), who is making his first Los Angeles appearances, the cast consists entirely of returning favorites. South African soprano Pretty Yende, who made a notable 2013 debut as Micaela in Carmen, returns as Susanna. Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, whose many LA Opera appearance include Stanley Kowalski in last season's A Streetcar Named Desire, is Count Almaviva.

Two singers will reprise the same characters that they are currently performing in The Ghosts of Versailles: Chinese soprano Guanqun Yu as Countess Almaviva (Rosina) and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, an alumna of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, as Cherubino.

About the Creative Team
Director Ian Judge's staging of The Marriage of Figaro was previously presented by LA Opera in 2004, 2006 and 2010. His production cleverly updates the action of the opera, originally set in the late 18th century, to the 1950s. The scenery is designed by Tim Goodhild, with costumes by Deirdre Clancy and lighting by Mark Doubleday. Chad Everett Allen will recreate the original choreography of Sergio Trujillo. The chorus director is Grant Gershon, LA Opera's Resident Conductor.

For additional information, including complete casting, click here.

Performance Dates and Times
There will be six performances of The Marriage of Figaro at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012:

•    Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:30pm
•    Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 2:00pm
•    Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 7:30pm
•    Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 2:00pm

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

To download production and artist photographs, click here.

About Figaro Unbound
The Marriage of Figaro is the culmination of Figaro Unbound: Culture, Power and Revolution at Play. This three-month, citywide exploration of the revolutionary spirit, with a variety of programming for all ages, investigates the ongoing relevance of Figaro and his legacy. For more information, visit LAOpera.org/FigaroUnbound.
The Marriage of Figaro is performed in Italian, with simultaneous English translations projected over the stage.

Production made possible by a generous gift from The Carol and Warner Henry Production Fund for Mozart Operas.

LA Opera Media Contacts:
Gary Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations
gmurphy@laopera.org | 213.972.7554

Shannita Williams, Associate Director of Communications, Social Media
shannita@laopera.org | 213.972.7347


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