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What a week for Mozart!—beginning with The Marriage of Figaro at the Harrison Opera House April 6, followed by the powerful Requiem April 13. The Marriage of Figaro is, of course, built on the bones of a satire by noble-wannabe Pierre Beaumarchais, in which the clever servant, Figaro, and his equally clever wife-to be, Susanna, thwart the lustful Count, who has eyes for Susanna—and almost every other female.
Ah, sweet lunacy composed by a musical genius is coming this way. It is full of rascally, randy men and quietly patient, shrewd women who want a love that will last beyond the first “whoosh” of courtship. The score soars from the very first beat of the overture.
The Virginia Opera scored a home run Saturday evening when it brought back Mozart's always-popular "The Marriage of Figaro."
In Mozart's comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro," the title character and his betrothed, Susanna, go to great lengths to remove obstacles to their love. By contrast, when bass-baritone Matthew Burns and soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird first played those roles together - five years ago in Grand Rapids, Mich. - they spent the entire rehearsal and performance period trying to avoid romance.