• Pamela Froman

The Marriage of Figaro

The Center Stage Opera has done it again. Their stunning performance of The Marriage of Figaro was bawdy, hilarious and beautifully performed.

The Marriage of Figaro is actually a sequel to Mozart's The Barber of Seville, which recounts a single “day of madness” in the household of Count Almaviva. The Count and his entourage have moved to Mexico city, Rosina is now the Countess, Dr. Bartolo is wanting revenge against our hero Figaro, for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself.

Rosina is played by the exquisite Adrien Roberts. Her voice is sweet yet powerful. Adrien returns to Center Stage Opera after ruling the roost as the Rooster in The Cunning Little Vixen. Figaro was performed to perfection by Esteban Rivas Perez. He is a graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit where he majored in music, specializing in voice. Phil Meyer is the genius behind the scheming Dr. Bartolo.

Dr. Bartolo seeks to use his longtime maid and companion Marcellina (played by Sarabeth Belon) to prevent Figaro's happiness – his own marriage to the beautiful Susanna. Marcellina loaned money to Figaro in exchange for him becoming her husband and she means to collect her prize!

Amy Goymerac brings the character of Susanna to life. This marks her Center Stage Opera debut – and what a great performance!

Count Almaviva (Gabriel Manro – a two-time Grammy winning baritone who has performed all over the world in such productions as Candide and Dead Man Walking) has degenerated into a scheming, lecherous, skirt chaser. He attempts to seduce Susanna while delaying the civil part of the wedding. Like any fun-filled opera, hilarity and scheming ensues. Figaro discovers the Count's desire and comes up with a plot of his own. Meanwhile young Cherubio (the hilarious Hannah Headland) attempts to bed any available girl, but truly pines for the Countess.

Fed up with everyone's scheming, Susanna and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and trap Figaro in his distrust of Susanna. Finally, Figaro and Susanna have a fight that reunites them and they get all the women in the court to unite only to reveal the Count's true love for the Countess. During the wedding, we are treated to a wonderful Mariachi performance with the fun-loving group Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar (Jaime Cuellar – Director and Violin, Christopher Rubalcava – Trumpet, Gustavo Hernandez – Guitar and Gilberto Rodriguez – Guitarron).

Here's to celebrating love and marriage!

Center Stage Opera is the musical heart of the Valley. For more information about upcoming performances call (818) 517-4102, email info@centerstageopera.oror log onto

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