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Nuptials for Figaro! — Opera Carolina

Love, and a little sense of humor, conquers all in Opera Carolina’s production of The Marriage of Figaro

In a rare programming move, Opera Carolina is following their January performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with a March production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.  Set three years after The Barber of Seville, the Count’s valet is set to marry Susanna, the Countess’ chambermaid.  Figaro the barber and Count Almaviva appear in both The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.  In The Barber of Seville, their relationship began jovially enough; their master-servant dynamic prevailed in The Barber of Seville, as Figaro plots and plans with Almaviva. However, in The Marriage of Figaro, the men become rivals while vying for the same woman’s love.  The Countess, once Almaviva’s indelible object of desire, is ignored as her husband lustfully pursues the lovely chambermaid Susanna, Figaro’s betrothed.  Tossed into the tangled web of lust, love, and jealousy, this topsy-turvy day is rife with intrigue and disguise.  Oh, the many lengths one will go for love!

Rock Hill native Kristopher Irmiter (Love Notes, Don Giovanni) returns to Opera Carolina after his celebrated performance as last season’s Don Juan: “gifted with a rich bass-baritone voice that penetrates effortlessly to the uppermost balcony, Irmiter zestfully threw himself into the cunning, the chivalry, the conceit, and the fatal incorrigibility of the legendary Don.”  In Don Giovanni, he was a remorseless sinner who preyed on women.  Now, in The Marriage of Figaro, he is an enchanting lover with a quick wit and a lovesick heart.  We caught up with Mr. Irmiter and spoke to him about his upcoming role in The Marriage of Figaro: “After singing perhaps Mozart’s darkest and least likable character Don Giovanni, it’s a real treat to return and sing Figaro – a funny, lovable guy – quite the contrast to Giovanni.  I get to sing one of my favorite roles…in a show that’s often called the “perfect opera”…and I get to work with Maestro Meena again.  It doesn’t get much better than that!”  Not only have his performances in Opera Carolina’s Don Giovanni and Love Notes been praised as “effortless” and full of “depth and charm,” Irmiter has performed in all 50 states and has been a favorite at over 45 opera companies.

Anne-Carolyn Bird, as the lovely Susanna, and Ailyn Perez (Rigoletto), as the Countess, join Mr. Irmiter as they try to outwit Count Almaviva’s pursuit of Susanna and secure the much-anticipated marriage of Figaro.  Join Opera Carolina in March for The Marriage of Figaro, sequel to The Barber of Seville.

The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center March 7 at 8:00 p.m., March 8 at 2:00 p.m., and March 12 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at www.operacarolina.orgThe Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian with projected English titles.  Opera Carolina’s production of The Marriage of Figaro is rated PG.  All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Support provided by Goodrich Corporation, US Airways, and Blue Restaurant and Bar.  Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer.  Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season!

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