Listen to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Rene Jacobs, this Friday evening at 7, on Classical 101.
Opera Columbus – The Marriage of Figaro
In Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartâ€™s The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro, his fiancee and other characters team up to outsmart the adulterous Count.
Anne-Carolyn Bird, a soprano, plays Suzanna, Figaroâ€™s fiancee.
â€œMy job in the castle is lady-in-waiting to the Countess, and she and I kind of work together throughout the evening to plot things against the Count, who has designs on me, on everybody frankly,â€ Bird told Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy. â€œOn this evening, [the Count is] trying to get some time with me before I get married to Figaro.â€
Scott Conner, a bass, plays Figaro. In the opera, Figaro is not happy with the Countâ€™s attempts to steal his fiancee.
â€œThroughout the entire opera, [the Count] and I are going back and forth through these schemes and these games and finally at the end of the opera, our little scheme works,â€ Conner said. â€œItâ€™s a fun production.â€
Kirsten Gunlogson, a mezzo-soprano, plays Cherubino, a teenage boy.
â€œIâ€™m playing, what we call in opera, a trouser role,â€ Gunlogson said, in which a woman plays a male character.
Gunlogson said Mozart wrote the opera to have a woman play the part of a boy.
â€œPart of itâ€™s due to the vocality and the color of voice that he was looking for,â€ Gunlogson said. â€œA little bit higher than a normal alto voice and a little bit lower than a soprano-range voice.â€
Opera Columbusâ€™s production of The Marriage of Figaro opens Feb. 13 at Ohio Theatre.