Virginia Opera’s upcoming production of The Marriage of Figaro comes at the perfect moment in pop culture: hard on the heels of the most intriguing season yet of everyone’s favorite period drama, Downton Abbey.
The Marriage of Figaro remains one of most loved operas of all time thanks to a glorious score by Mozart, hilarious comedy and intense drama by Da Ponte, and the opportunity to showcase beautiful period costumes and sets. Costume Designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan is here to give the first sneak peek of the production and his inspiration behind the designs.
Every time I get the opportunity to revisit a masterpiece like The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), I’m reminded of just how truly brilliant a composer Mozart was. His collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (Nozze, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte) provided us with some of the most sublime and profound musical moments in operatic history, and Nozze is chock-full of them!
Throughout our production of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire we've gathered here to discuss its characters, music, staging, food, costumes and more...but now, as we enter our last week of performances, it's time to delve into the man behind it all: Tennessee Williams. We didn't have to look far from Norfolk's Harrison Opera House to find our theatre and drama expert in Christopher Newport University's Dr. Laura Grace Godwin.