Cal State Long Beach takes ‘Wedding of Figaro’ outside – Press Telegram

Opera music

It’s still an operatic “Mariage de Figaro” – but now set in the 1950s and performed outdoors.

The production of the acclaimed opera – by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with text written by Lorenzo Da Ponte – will be staged by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Opera Institute at Cal State Long Beach next week, and will see performers make their way through the trees south of Daniel Recital Hall on the university campus. The performance, on the lawn outside the Recital Hall, will mark the first time Cal State Long Beach will take an outdoor opera.

Andreas Mitisek, who rose to national prominence for his creative use of non-traditional spaces during his tenures as Artistic and General Director of the Long Beach Opera and the Chicago Opera Theatre, provides musical direction for the production. The staging is by Suzan Hanson.

This production will feature a full live orchestra accompanying two full casts over the four nights of the play. “Le Mariage de Figaro” is a comic opera about love, marriages, deception and devotion. It will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening from April 7-10. The start time is meant to take advantage of the twilight filtering through the trees. A tent will be set up on the terrace for spectators, but the event is still taking place outdoors, so attendees should dress appropriately.

Tickets, only available online, are $25 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets and information: csulb.edu/coleconservatory.

The website also includes updates on COVID-19 policy at the university.

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