Virginia Opera Stages ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 8, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Opera dons its party hat, joining the world in celebrating 250 years of Mozart with a production of the boisterous romantic comedy, “The Marriage of Figaro.” The opera will be performed at George Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.

Jane Redding
Jane Redding has the role of Susanna in “Figaro.”
Photo by Glen McClure

Soprano Jane Redding will play Susanna, the beautiful servant at the center of Mozart’s madcap wedding-day romp. Singing the role of Figaro, Susanna’s groom-to-be, is bass-baritone Joshua Winograde, who makes his company debut along with soprano Patricia Andress (Countess Almaviva) and baritone Michael Todd Simpson (Count Almaviva). Also returning in the “pants-role” of Cherubino is mezzo-soprano Giavanna Kersulis.

British soprano Lorna Haywood makes her directorial debut with Virginia Opera.

“Mozart outdid himself – this opera is the perfect marriage of words and music,” says Associate Conductor Dan Saunders, who conducts in Norfolk and Fairfax. “I never tire of it, and hope the audience will sense our passion and love for this masterpiece.”

As servants Figaro and Susanna prepare to wed, their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, decides he wants Susanna for himself. Meanwhile, the pageboy Cherubino courts the Count’s wife as the Countess’s former governess, Marcellina, woos Figaro. In the end, Figaro gets his bride, but Mozart leaves us to ponder: does love really conquer all?

The production is sung in Italian with English Supertitles projected above the stage. Pre-performance discussions are held 45 minutes prior to both performances on the Hall’s Grand Tier, and Friday’s audiences are treated to a “wedding-style reception” in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $44-$84. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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