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Capitol Opera to perform “The Marriage of Figaro”

Capitol Opera to perform “The Marriage of Figaro”
Cast members rehearse for a performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. From left are Karine Marshall, Alan Chavez, Kristen Barney and James Taylor.

The Northern Neck Orchestra will present Mozart’s comic opera masterpiece “The Marriage of Figaro” performed by the Capitol Opera Richmond (COR) on Sunday, February 16, at 4 p.m.

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LANCASTER—The Northern Neck Orchestra (NNO) will present Mozart’s comic opera masterpiece “The Marriage of Figaro” performed by the Capitol Opera Richmond (COR) at 4 p.m. February 16 at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

The COR’s 90-minute adaptation of Mozart’s tangled tale of romance, betrayal and forgiveness features a sprightly overture, beautifully crafted arias and lively ensemble singing by a cast of 10. The production will be sung in English with spoken dialogue.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.northernneckorchestra.org or at the door. Students are admitted free with an online reservation.

“The Marriage of Figaro” is regarded as one of the greatest and most popular operas ever written, said the NNO’s Eric Jacobson.

“Mozart’s effervescent combination of farce, satire and romance is as fresh today as it was at the opera’s premiere in Vienna in 1786,” he said. “The extraordinary talents of the COR will make this performance a special one.”

COR president Karine Marshall said the company is delighted to be performing in Kilmarnock again.

“’The Marriage of Figaro’ is a treat for performers and audiences alike,” she said. “It is a particular pleasure for us to share this glorious opera with one of the COR’s most enthusiastic audiences.”

The cast includes James Taylor as Count Almaviva, Karine Marshall as Countess Almaviva, Alan Chavez as Figaro, Kristen Barney as Susanna, Hannah Magnelli as Cherubino, Kara Harman as Marcellina, Evan Heier as Basilio/Don Curzio and James Lynn as Bartolo.

Pianist Hope Armstrong Erb will accompany the performers. Taylor is artistic director and stage director of the production.