I shuddered when I glanced at that famous quote surrounding the legend of “The Marriage of Figaro”. The opera by Mozart was commissioned by his benefactor Emperor Joseph II of Austria. Now two and one half centuries later, it is OperaDelaware's season finale.
On opening night in Vienna on May 11786, after the Emperor congratulated the composer, he added this caveat: "You must admit, however, my dear Mozart, that there are a great many notes in your score."
"Not one too many, Sire," was Mozart’s reply.
Every week Aisle Say hears the same dispiriting diatribe from my otherwise enchantingly effervescent editor at Community News.
Joseph II had the last word, however. Upon reflection he considered the piece inflammatory to aristocracy and banned it in Austria. The title character, Figaro, a servant, dares to make a fool of a royal! (It was a tumultuous time in Europe, only 10 years before the French Revolution).
After Mozart's death, as we know, it became his most popular comic opera. The synopsis reads like a Marx Brothers movie.
The Count’s valet, Figaro, is about to marry the Countess’ maid, Susanna. However, the Count himself has designs on the young girl and wants to exert his ancient “feudal rights” and sleep with her on her wedding night. With the aid of Susanna and the Countess, Figaro hatches a plan to catch the Count and foil his intentions. Lots of mistaken identities, hiding behind arrases, cross dressing and gorgeous music.
“Figaro” completed in only one month What demons these geniuses possess!
This year’s Summer Youth Opera Program sponsored by OperaDE will run from July 13th, 2009 to August 7th, 2009. Classes will take place Mondays through Fridays from 9:00AM – 4:00PM, with two workshops; each offering a Session A (1 week), and Session B (2 week) option. At the end of each session, the children will perform either musical or opera scenes as a culmination of the lessons and rehearsals they have had all week.
While students are not rehearsing, they cycle in and out of voice, costumes, movement, and painting. One time only offerings such as prop building, dance, stage management, yoga, and stage combat may be offered as part of select workshops. There is no need for performance experience. The lessons will serve as an introduction to theatrical arts for any child interested in theatre, and will also provide enrichment for those experienced in theatre. OperaDE.org or 658.8063
Tickets for “Figaro” May 3 at 2PM, May 8 & 9 at 8PM 1.800.37.GRAND or TicketsAtTheGrand.org