CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Jan. 9, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.
“In both music and plot, this opera ranks as one of the best in the entire genre,” said Timothy Schmidt, assistant professor of music who has been directing the show, and who will also be singing the title role. “The show is very accessible to audiences, and the vocal demands are well suited to helping young voices develop and solidify their singing technique.”
The story revolves around Figaro and Susanna, who are seeking the Count’s permission to get married. The Count will only consent, however, if Susanna agrees to a midnight rendezvous. As the opera unfolds, Figaro, Susanna and the Countess conspire to expose the Count for the philanderer that he is.
Filled with comedy, intrigue and drama, the opera also includes themes of hope, exposure of double-standards, and genuine love that ring as true today as they did in Mozart’s time.
“This is all set to Mozart’s sparkling music, which again, in my opinion, is some of the best he composed. Mozart had a gift for capturing the mood and personality of a character when writing their arias, along with a definite flair for writing ensemble music that enhances the drama of the text. Audiences are sure to recognize melodies from the show, even if they never realized that ‘Figaro’ was their source,” Schmidt said.
According to Leslie Jones, associate professor of applied voice and music theatre, “In addition to being a treat for audiences, preparing this opera has also been an invaluable learning opportunity for our students. They have not only been able to work on one of Mozart’s greatest operas, but to study Mozart’s vocal style. It has also presented a great opportunity for student string players who will be playing in the orchestra, as both the technical and expressive demands of the music foster continued growth and maturity as musicians.”
This performance will be fully staged, costumed and presented in English translation. Accompaniment will be provided by the chamber orchestra under the direction of Christopher Goeke, chair of the Department of Music.
This show is made possible in part by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Tickets are $8 and may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, online at MetroTix.com, keywords “opera theatre” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.