February 16, 2011
OBU Opera Theater will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's timeless opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," for five nights: Feb. 25-26 and March 3, 4 and 5. All performances will be sung in English. The opera will begin at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium.
"The Marriage of Figaro" was the first of Mozart's three collaborations with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte which resulted in three masterpieces of the standard operatic repertoire - "The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)," "Don Giovanni," and "Cosi fan tutte."
OBU Opera Theater will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's timeless opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," for five nights: Feb. 25-26 and March 3, 4 and 5.
"To many, ‘The Marriage of Figaro' is arguably the greatest opera ever written because of its incredible depth and unity of music and drama," said Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music and coordinator of vocal studies. "Mozart's genius is on full display in this opera."
Under the direction of McQuade, the goal of the OBU Opera Theater is to get as many OBU students involved in opera as possible. He believes "The Marriage of Figaro" fits the bill.
"This opera provides many excellent principle roles for both females and males," he said. "It also requires an SATB chorus. The music is spirited with many tuneful arias and ensembles, but most importantly for OBU, it is accessible to undergraduate voices. Mozart's music is ‘vocal friendly' for younger singers. It is challenging, of course, but it is singable."
The cast for this production of "The Marriage of Figaro" will feature current OBU students, an OBU alumnus and a current OBU faculty member. Figaro is played by Griffin Maxwell, a senior instrumental music education major from Enid, Okla.; Susanna is played by Sarah Stephens, a sophomore vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla.; Count Almaviva is played by Jeff Foresee, a 2005 OBU alum from Shawnee; Countess Almaviva is played by Melissa Argo, a senior vocal music education major from Gallup, N.M.; Marcellina is played by Courtney Bryant, a junior vocal performance major from Moore, Okla.; Don Basilio is played by Peter Purin, OBU assistant professor of music; Cherubino is played by Ashlynn Streck, a sophomore vocal music education from Hennessey, Okla.; Barbarina is played by Breana White, a freshman vocal performance major from Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Antonio is played by Blake Compton, a sophomore religion major from Norman, Okla.
Tickets for the performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may purchased at the door beginning one hour before the show.
For more information about the performances, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305.