In Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’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, Figaro’s fiancee.
“My 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,” Bird told Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy. “On this evening, [the Count is] trying to get some time with me before I get married to Figaro.”
Scott Conner, a bass, plays Figaro. In the opera, Figaro is not happy with the Count’s attempts to steal his fiancee.
“Throughout 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,” Conner said. “It’s a fun production.”
Kirsten Gunlogson, a mezzo-soprano, plays Cherubino, a teenage boy.
“I’m playing, what we call in opera, a trouser role,” 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.
“Part of it’s due to the vocality and the color of voice that he was looking for,” Gunlogson said. “A little bit higher than a normal alto voice and a little bit lower than a soprano-range voice.”
Opera Columbus’s production of The Marriage of Figaro opens Feb. 13 at Ohio Theatre.