OPERA NEWS – October 2018
“All forces combined to make this Nozze thoroughly engaging. The simple set, designed and lit by Tony-winner Christopher Akerlind, used painted backdrops to indicate the luxurious house and gardens of a noble estate, and the effective costumes by Millie Hiibel were updated to the early years of the twentieth century. Dona D. Vaughn led her performers to emphasize the reality of their relationships and situations. Recitatives were delivered as true conversations among the characters as they connected with each other. The dramatic and musical pacing was excellent throughout, and the complex finales benefited from the fluid staging, as well as from conductor Stephen Lord’s lively tempos.”…
The Marriage of Figaro
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wednesday, July 25 and Friday, July 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
Opera Maine presents a riveting new fully-staged production of this masterpiece, a comical satire often described as “the perfect opera.” Mozart’s sublime music in The Marriage of Figaro has delighted audiences since 1786, and the captivating plot, with its dynamic characters and themes of social and sexual tension, remains relevant in today’s world.
Stephen Lord – Conductor
Dona D. Vaughn – Artistic Director