San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 Season Opens
Review by David Gregson to appear Sunday, October 21
John Moore — Count Almaviva
Evan Hughes — Figaro
Caitlin Lynch — Countess
Sarah Shafer — Susanna
Emily Fons — Cherubino
Susanne Mentzer — Marcellina
Ashraf Sewailam — Bartolo
Stephen Lawless — Director
John Nelson — Conductor
SAT, OCT 20 AT 7PM
TUE, OCT 23 AT 7PM
FRI, OCT 26 AT 7PM
SUN, OCT 28 AT 2PM
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
San Diego, CA – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s boisterous romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro opens San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 season on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7 PM for four performances at the Civic Theatre. Additional performances are October 23, 26, and 28 (matinee), 2018. Assembled for the opening opera of the season is an exciting young cast including the house debut of American bass-baritone Evan Hughes as Figaro. He will be joined by baritone John Moore as Count Almaviva and soprano Caitlin Lynch as the Countess, both in exciting Company debuts. Soprano Sarah Shafer makes her welcomed San Diego Opera debut as Susanna. Returning mezzo-sopranos Emily Fons, last heard as Zerlina in 2015’s Don Giovanni, returns to sing Cherubino and Susanne Mentzer, last heard as Octavian in 1992’s Der Rosenkavalier returns to sing the role of Marcellina. Rounding out the cast is returning bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam, last heard as Alidoro in 2016’s Cinderella, as Dr. Bartolo; returning tenor Joseph Hu, last heard as Goro in 2016’s Madama Butterfly, as Basilio and Don Curizo; returning bass-baritone Scott Sikon, last heard as Marquis D’Obigny in 2017’s La traviata; and soprano Lisa Frisque as Barbarina. John Nelson conducts the performances and Stephen Lawless stages the action in this production. The Marriage of Figaro is a co-production between San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, and Palm Beach Opera.
With a libretto by Lorenzo de Ponte and based on the play “The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro” by Pierre Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro follows the comic exploits of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina (now Countess Almaviva) and Dr. Bartolo and is a sequel to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The Marriage of Figaro opens with Figaro planning his marriage to Susanna, who is a maid to Count Almaviva. Count Almaviva and the Countess have grown distant in their years of marriage and now the Count has his eyes on Susanna. This annoys Figaro and, to make matters worse, Marcellina wants to marry Figaro and uses the fact that Figaro owes her money, after consulting with her lawyer the crusty old Dr. Bartolo, as a pretext to force his hand in marriage. So begins a mad capped musical caper complete with a hormonally charged master, scheming servants, a lustful pageboy and a bit of cross dressing to make this one of opera’s greatest and most hilarious works. With comedy around every corner, The Marriage of Figaro contains some of the most popular music ever written for the operatic stage and is sure to delight audience members both new and old.
Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, The Marriage of Figaro was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2007. This will be the sixth time the opera has been performed by the Company with additional performances in 1998, 1992, 1986, and 1973.
The scenery and costumes of The Marriage of Figaro are designed by Leslie Travers. The choreographer is Eric Sean Fogel. The Lighting Designer is Thomas C. Hase.
The Marriage of Figaro will have a radio broadcast on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8 PM on KPBS radio, 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico) and online at www.kpbs.org
These performances of The Marriage of Figaro are made possible by the Lead Production Sponsor, Darlene Marcos Shiley.
These 30-minute informative lectures for the main stage operas take place in the Civic Theatre one hour prior to every performance and offer wonderful insights into the production audience members are about to see. These lectures are free to all ticket holders.
Join the cast, crew, musicians and artists right after the performance of the main stage operas for an engaging, entertaining and informative Q&A session moderated by a San Diego Opera staff member. These lectures are held in the Civic Theatre and are free to all ticket holders.
Subscriptions to the 2018-2019 season are now on sale. Single tickets are on sale in the summer.
Single tickets start at $49 for all mainstage performances. Single tickets start at $35 for all dētour Series operas. Children prices exist, please visit www.sdopera.org or call 619.533.7000 for more information.
Senior citizen discounts of 15% are available to the Main Stage series on Tuesday and Friday subscription packages. Senior citizen discounts of 15% are available to the dētour Series on Saturday subscription packages.
Military discounts (active and retired) of 50% are available to the Main Stage series on Tuesday and Friday subscription packages. Military discounts of 50% are available to the dētour Series on Saturday subscription packages.
For information about tickets please visit www.sdopera.org or call 619.533.7000
San Diego Opera 2018-2019 Season
The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart October 20, 23, 26, and 28 (mat), 2018
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Peter Rothstein December 7, 8, and 9 (mat), 2018
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi February 2, 5, 8, and 10 (mat), 2019
Three Decembers Jake Heggie March 8, 9, 10 (mat), 2019
Carmen Georges Bizet March 30, April 2, 5, and 7 (mat) 2019
One Amazing Night –Stephen Powell and Stephen Costello May 15, 2019