Peach State Opera Returns to the Ritz with Mozart's the Marriage of Figaro

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Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to present the return of Peach State Opera with their production of The Marriage of Figaro on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 3 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick.

The Marriage of Figaro has it all – comedy, machinations, power struggles between elite and working classes – made human by some of Mozart’s most beautiful arias and operatic ensembles.  Mozart had a sense of humour, and you can hear it from the word go in this cheerful opera. It’s a great love-story, with a few cases of mistaken identity, trickery, and practical jokes thrown in for good measure. Musical highlights include the ‘Sull’aria’ duet, and the soprano aria ‘Porgi, amor’.

The story is set in just over one day – the day of Figaro’s wedding.  As the story begins, Figaro and his bride to be, Susanna, are fitting out the new room that their master the Count has given them.  Susanna reveals that the only reason the Count has made such a generous gift is to keep her nearby – he plans to seduce her, re-instating the lately abolished ‘feudal right’ which allowed a lord to have his way with a servant girl on her wedding night.

Figaro is furious, and vows to outsmart the Count. Together with Susanna, the abandoned Countess and the page boy Cherubino (who adores all women, especially the Countess), they put in place a cunning plan to ensnare him. Expect disguises, mistaken identities, and a lot of hiding in (and under) things…

The Marriage of Figaro is based on Beaumarchais’ play La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro, which opened in 1784. The play had caused a sensation. Written at a time of revolution, its subject matter – of servants rising up and outwitting their masters – outraged the aristocracy. This caused the play to be banned in many cities, including Vienna, where Mozart was based at the court of Emperor Joseph II. In order to get permission from the Emperor to use such a controversial subject for a new opera, Mozart’s librettist Da Ponte had to strip the play of its most provocative messaging, most notably replacing Figaro’s Act IV rant about the nobility with a tirade against the inconstancy of women!

The plans were deemed acceptable and Mozart set to work, completing the music in just six weeks. The Vienna premiere, which took place in 1786 with Mozart himself conducting, was a success, but the opera’s popularity sky-rocketed after the Prague premiere a few months later. To this day, Figaro is among the top 10 most frequently performed operas worldwide.

Peach State Opera, a touring company that brings opera to communities across Georgia and beyond was founded in 2009. The organization’s guiding principle is that all audiences deserve access to opera and that the opera world needs a place where emerging artists can express themselves. All their performances are condensed family-friendly versions and are performed in English. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see opera live at the Ritz Theatre!  Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Advance tickets for Nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (age 65 and up). Price increases $5 if tickets are purchased the day of the show.  The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each.

To purchase advance tickets, visit www.goldenislesarts.org, or the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays – Fridays 9 am to 5 pm.   For more information, call (912) 262-6934.