Opera Club to show Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ Aug. 2-3
Everyone is invited to watch one of Mozart’s most popular operas, “The Marriage of Figaro,” Aug. 2-3 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Club member and Mozart fan Gary Hart will share his knowledge of this intriguing and amusing opera that continues to fascinate music-lovers.
The opera opens with a spritely overture that captures the tenor of the ensuing events. On Aug. 2, the opera introduces Figaro, the barber and jokester to Count Almaviva. He is discussing plans for his upcoming marriage to Susannah, yet he’s very aware of his employer’s tendency to exercise his droit du seigneur (the right to deflower the brides of his servants before their marriage).
The hijinks by a wily Figaro and his cohorts to counteract the Count, as well as his avoidance of the amorous advances of fellow servant Marcellina, along with a series of mistaken identities, steer the Count to pay more attention to his wife, the Countess of Almaviva.
When the club members reunite the following day, they will find the real identities of the players who have confounded the Count (and even Figaro himself). The opera ends on an ecstatic note that only Mozart is capable of having written. “The Marriage of Figaro” is sung in German with English subtitles.
No dues or fees are collected. For more information, contact LW Opera Club president Beverly Emus at (562) 296-5586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.