Le Nozze di Figaro

Mar 6, 2021 - Mar 14, 2021


Boulder Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro — fully staged and in accordance with strict local, state, and national COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Performances will take place at the open-air venue, The Spark, in Boulder, CO. There will be four shows with limited (55 seat) attendance starting March 6th through the 14th. Mozart's comic opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, is a farcical jaunt through a not-so-typical day in the Almaviva household. The servant couple, Figaro and Susanna, are to be married later in the evening; while the Count (who has amorous designs on the bride) attempts to revive the droit du seigneur allowing him intimate time with Susanna on the wedding night. Figaro and Susanna, together with the rejected Countess and the occasionally helpful, often irritating page boy, Cherubino, contrive an elaborate plot to outwit him. Much mayhem ensues, someone jumps out of a window, clothes are exchanged, a second wedding occurs, and the Count receives a lesson in fidelity he will never forget!

All four performances are in collaboration with talented Stage Director Michael Travis Risner, and music direction by Steven Aguiló-Arbues. Our local and amazing cast: Armando Contreras as the Count and Kyrie Laybourn as the Countess. Sabine Balsamo as Susanna, Zeky Nadji as Figaro, and Claire McCahan as Cherubino.
Stage Director of Boulder Opera, Michael Travis Risner, says, "Mozart's music is sublime. There are moments of effervescence, of pathos, of drama, of tenderness, of silliness, and of longing. Da Ponte's poetry is naughty and funny and witty and charming. It is a perfect opera."

The Spark is adhering to CDC and State of Colorado recommendations to ensure that the space remains safe. The Spark's unique theater design allows it to operate as an open-air venue for programs and performances. In addition to having a professional cleaning crew, The Spark continues with stringent protocols for daily cleaning, wearing masks, limiting program and audience capacities, and requiring physical distancing. All performances will be semi-outdoor, and while we will have heating lamps, we recommend dressing warmly. Face covering and social distancing are required at all times.