The Marriage of Figaro

June 13 & 15, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Sung in Italian with projected translation
Performance Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes, including 1 intermission
Rated PG

Disguises, dupes, desire, and disorder

On the day of his marriage to the charming Susanna, Figaro discovers that his master, the Count, has taken a fancy to the bride-to-be. Dismayed, the clever couple enlists the help of the Countess to foil her husband’s unwelcome advances. What should be the best day of their lives turns into a head-spinning series of disguises, dupes, desire, and disorder. Can the servants turn the tables and achieve their happily-ever-after?

Cincinnati Opera opens its 99th season with Mozart’s masterful cat-and-mouse comedy in a “lavish…dream-like period production (The Independent).” Widely considered one of the greatest comic operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro overflows with music that is simply sublime and a libretto that has delighted audiences for generations. The star-studded cast includes soprano Susanna Phillips, a Metropolitan Opera regular, as the Countess, and baritone Joseph Lattanzi as Count Almaviva, following his star turn as Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers. Soprano Janai Brugger, one of Opera News’s top 25 “brilliant young artists,” makes her debut as Susanna, and baritone Andrew Wilkowske sings the wily Figaro, after featuring in 2014’s Silent Night.


Cincinnati Business Courier
“As perfect as it gets…heart-stopping beauty.” Read the review.

“Terrific performances...witty staging...plenty of laughs in all the right places.” Read the review.

ArtsWave Guide
“Beautiful operatic singing, playful and often bawdy stage action, and a lush orchestral score.” Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
”A handsome and innovative production and a fresh-voiced cast of young singers…Herr Mozart and Signor Da Ponte would have been very happy.” Read the review.


Cast & Creative Team

Figaro  Andrew Wilkowske
Susanna  Janai Brugger
Count Almaviva  Joseph Lattanzi
Countess Almaviva  Susanna Phillips
Cherubino  Rihab Chaieb
Doctor Bartolo  Kevin Burdette
Marcellina  Wendy Hill
Don Basilio  Thomas J. Capobianco
Don Curzio  Martin Bakari
Barbarina  Victoria Okafor
Antonio  Samuel Smith

Conductor  Marc Piollet
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Stage Director  Stephen Lawless
Scenic & Costume Designer  Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi
Original Choreography  Eric Sean Fogel
Choreographer  Oğulcan Borova

A co-production of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, and Palm Beach Opera. Production constructed by Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Costume Company.

Meet The Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A prolific artist, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created a string of operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas that profoundly shaped classical music.

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Opera Insights
Enhance your Marriage of Figaro knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.