Photo by David Bazemore for Opera Santa Barbara
The Marriage of Figaro
[Le nozze di Figaro]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sponsored by the Mithun Family Foundation; In Honor of Doris B. Mithun
Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:30pm
- "Pardon the pun, but it is grand to have a solid grand opera company in Santa Barbara, and there was no finer place to be on a rainy Sunday afternoon than basking in the substantial and only deceptively light and frothy expanse of Mozart's classical era classic. OSB's production boasted a strong vocal center with impressively sung primary roles; each singer showed impressive composure and focus while rising (and stooping) to the opera buffa occasion; they delivered the vocal goods as well the comic timing and the physical comedy that spices up the giddily complicated text. Conductor Valéry Ryvkin led a crisp and propulsive ensemble, while director Kelly Robinson skillfully navigated the blend of kinetic and stately, often to great comic effect. Thanks to the overall strength of the production, we were effectively transported from outside weather by this 18th century jewel."
– Josef Woodard / SB News–Press
- "Opera Santa Barbara's "The Marriage of Figaro" was joyous in this retelling and fascinating at every turn. Director Kelly Robinson astutely staged the madcap misadventures on sets that felt like Mozart's environs; that of sensuous tapestries, elegant cornices and erotically imagined gardens. The revelation of the evening was the nuanced performance by soprano Karen Vuong as the effervescent and engaging maid Susanna. A fine mid-season achievement for Opera Santa Barbara, this production was sumptuous and elegant throughout."
– Robert F Adams / Casa Magazine
- "Opera Santa Barbara's bold, energetic production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" delivered great singing, fine playing, and a canny, legible staging of all the many wonderful twists and thrills in this unusually challenging and intricate libretto. Brandon Cedel and Karen Vuong, as Figaro and Susanna, established a strong presence from the start. The Count, Jason Detwiler, made a very effective villain. As the Countess Almaviva, Rhoslyn Jones kept the audience in a wonderful kind of suspense; her Act Three aria was particularly memorable and bittersweet. Conductor Valéry Ryvkin and his orchestra pulled things off with uncommon grace, and the finale, which is full of the most strenuous ensemble work, came off brilliantly in this very satisfying Marriage."
– Charles Donelan / SB Independent
- "Opera Santa Barbara certainly hit a creative high note when it staged Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Granada. Under the accomplished baton of Valéry Ryvkin, the two principals, bass-baritone Brandon Cedel and soprano Karen Vuong, were a dynamic duo. Heather Sterling is to be applauded for her hair and makeup design, Susan Benson for her ornate sets and Canadian Kelly Robinson for his energetic direction. A glorious challenging period piece, with, thankfully, no period..."
– Richard Mineards / Montecito Miscellany
Production elements constructed by: The Banff Centre for the Arts.
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Cast & Credits
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- Conductor: Valéry Ryvkin
- Stage Director: Kelly Robinson
- Scenic & Costume Design: Susan Benson
- Lighting Design: Ken Yunker
- Wig|Makeup Design: Heather Sterling
CastFigaro: Brandon Cedel
- Susanna: Karen Vuong
- Countess Almaviva: Rhoslyn Jones
- Count Almaviva: Jason Detwiler
- Marcellina: Alissa Anderson
- Bartolo: Jamie Offenbach
- Basilio/Curzio: Todd Strange
- Barbarina: Megan Beltran
- Antonio: Timothy Beenken
- Cherubino: Evgenia Chaverdova