Celebrating the relationship of Figaro and Susanna, the opera will perform “The Marriage of Figaro” on Friday and Sunday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
“The story itself is very interesting. It is about this young couple, it is a continuation of the story in ‘The Barber of Seville,’ just a different composer,” said Michael Borowitz, artistic director for Nevada Opera. “It was the right of the man who ran the castle that he could have ‘first dibs’ on any woman in the castle who was about to be married. And sort of as a grand gesture to his new wife, he abolishes this rule. And as the opera opens, you realizes very quickly that he regrets that.”
Borowtiz said “The Marriage of Figaro,” composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a good way for Nevada Opera to end its season because it is filled with laughs. The characters conspire to make Count Almaviva, played by Dennis Jesse, realize that his lust for Figaro’s fiancée, Susanna, played by Suzette Thoeni, is not acceptable.
“It is very light-hearted, there is something not too serious about it all,” Borowitz said. “They all decide they’re going to trick the count into feeling bad about it. The whole plot focuses on tricking him and making him feel embarrassed about how he is acting.
“The end is a wonderful moment,” Borowitz added. “Everyone is happy and it shows a real grandness of forgiveness. We always try to end with something uplifting and fun, and it’s Motzart. It’s a wonderful score and one of his most brilliant pieces.”
In making Count Almaviva realize his intentions are misplaced, Borowitz said there is a lot of slapstick comedy, which allows the audience to laugh along.
“Singers love performing this piece because there are so many ways you can play it,” Borowitz said. “There are a couple moments in this piece that will probably have the audience rolling in the aisles. And it is a Mozart score, so there will be so many melodies people will recognize.
“We haven’t done it in a while,” Borowitz added. “It is nice to bring it back.”
In addition to singing, Jesse will be pulling double duty as director.
“Sometimes, you have particular singers you want for a production,” Borowitz said, adding that Nevada Opera sought out Jesse, Thoeni and Suzanne Woods, who plays Countess Almaviva, for their roles.
“We wanted to make sure we have Susanne Woods, who is our countess,” Borowitz added. “Also, our count, Dennis Jesse, who is also directing the show. He has done the show many, many times. He has been in so many productions, he has a very good handle on the piece.”
Nevada Opera will end on a high note when “The Marriage of Figaro” takes to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pioneer Center located at 100 S. Virginia St. in downtown Reno.
Tickets cost $28 to $70 with discounts for students and seniors and can be purchased at the Pioneer Center box office, by calling 686-6600 or by visiting www.pioneercenter.com.
“This has so many beautiful costumes, it is incredibly colorful and positive and entertaining piece,” Borowitz said. “It is going to have so many people laughing out loud. That’s when you know it is good comedy, when people can’t help themselves.”
For more information about “The Marriage of Figaro” and Nevada Opera, visit www.nevadaopera.org.