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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Marriage of Figaro

An intro to Mozart’s great comedy, this Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.



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In this week’s OCS Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn talks to bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi, who sang the role of Figaro, and conductor James Gaffigan, from the Houston Grand Opera 2011 production of The Marriage of Figaro.

Le Nozze di Figaro, to give it its original Italian title, was the first of the three great collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Based on the French play by Beaumarchais, it tells the story of the crazy events surrounding the imminent wedding of Figaro to Susanna and the attempts made to prevent Count Almaviva from obtaining the “favors” of his valet’s bride-to-be.

You can hear the Metropolitan Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro, featuring HGO Studio alum Rachel Willis-Sørensen making her Met debut as the Countess, Saturday at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.