Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Marriage of Figaro
Central City Opera: June 28 – July 22
   L-R:  Edward Parks, Michael Sumuel, Anna Christy and Sinead Mulhern

Central City Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is an embarrassment of riches.
     Sometimes one has to search for the one or two outstanding vocalists in an opera that’s as vocally daunting and demanding as this one. However…the production now on stage at Central City Opera is the exception to this rule. The artists portraying Susanna, Figaro, the Count and Countess, Cherubino and Don Bartolo are all exceptional both vocally and in the acting.
          Michael Sumuel’s CCO debut as Figaro gives assurance that he is truly a star on the rise.

                                     Anna Christy

     After hearing Anna Christy’s Emily in last season’s “Our Town” one knows how incredible this artist’s soprano will be. Christy is a magnificent Susanna. Likewise Sinead Mulhern’s vocals as the Governess in CCO’s “The Turn of the Screw” assured us that her  mezzo would stun in her portrayal of the Countess. And it does.
     Tamara Gura’s CCO debut in the trouser role of Cherubino did not disappoint either. This artist is blessed with a great set of pipes and her playful acting of the role is endearing.
     Edward Parks’ baritone makes his singing in the role of the Count truly memorable.
Michael Sumuel(Figaro) and Anna Christy(Susanna) 

     Thomas Hammons’ (Don Bartolo) rich bass-baritone stuns.
     Besides having an outstanding cast of singers there is also that scrumptious Central City Opera orchestra! The baton of conductor Adrian Kelly kept the musicians in the pit and the singers onstage in perfect sync all evening. Mozart’s score has never sounded better!
     The costumes(Susan Kulkarni) and scenic design(Madeleine Boyd) depicting Spain in the 1920s are spot on.
     My one criticism is that one has to wait longer than one might wish between some scene changes. Small criticism for an otherwise spectacular evening at the opera.

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