Housekeeper Marcellina (Cambrey Willhelm) listens as Dr. Bartolo (Esai Medina) espouses his desire to get revenge on Figaro by making him fulfill his contract to marry Marcellina instead of his betrothed Susanna during Texas State University Opera Theater's production of Mozarts " The Marriage of Figaro" at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theater. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY.
A timeless opera
- Laura Aebi
- Features Editor
Texas State University's Opera Theater's newest production will hit the stage this weekend. Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" tells the story of Susanna and her love, Figaro, as they try to navigate toward their wedding day, despite unpaid debts and unwanted advances.
Susanna (Mackenzie Bitz), the Countess' maid and Figaro's betrothed, laughs as Page Cherubino (Bailey Galindo) sings of his love of women, especially the Countess Almaviva.
The show premieres tonight at 7:30, with two more 7:30 p.m. showings on Friday and Saturday. The two-act play will have its final showing on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, or a discounted $8 for students, seniors and military— with an additional $2 processing fee for tickets bought online or at the window.
The comic opera, which originally debuted in Vienna in 1786, features some of the most well-known opera melodies. In a statement from the university, the show is described as being "considered by many to be the most perfect opera ever written," adding that it tells "the story of one madcap day; a day where people’s follies are exposed for all to see and laugh at, concluding with one of opera’s greatest scenes of forgiveness and reconciliation."
Susanna: Mackenzie Bitz‡, Keeley Hooker†
Figaro: Jordan Van de Vere
Countess: Courtney Katzmeyer‡, Kimberly Sandoval†
Count: Micah Parker
Cherubino: Abigail Diltz†, Bailey Galindo‡
Dr. Bartolo: De’Evin Johnson†, Esai Medina‡
Marcellina: Cambrey Willhelm
Don Basilio: Marvin Henderson
Don Curzio: Francis Nieves
Antonio: Joshua Meza‡, Alex Vanderpot†
Barbarina: Martha Rose Hayes†, Emily Thomasson‡
Ensemble: Elizabeth Adams, Anna Balan, Bailey Galindo, Audrey Harris, Martha Rose Hayes, Kyle Lopez, Mackenzie Miller, Paul Nix, Andres Ojeda, Caleb Rech, Victoria Tafolla, Gabby Wall, Cassidy Wallace, Bradley Whitten
†Thursday and Saturday, ‡Friday and Sunday
Photo credit: Tony Galindo