Wedding Planning: Reimagining The Marriage of Figaro
Thursday, March 30 | 6pm
Part of the Opera Night at the Boston Public Library series
Boston Public Library Central Branch | Rabb Hall
Free and open to the public
How you create a fresh, compelling production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – while staying true to the beloved music and story that has been reimagined and reinterpreted for over 200 years? Led by musicologist Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard, we consider the diverse and inventive ways that directors and opera companies have presented this classic of the opera repertory, from traditional productions with lush, period sets and costumes, to updated settings with modern dress and technology. Discover the artistic process that brings these concepts from the page to the stage, and gain insight to the setting and approach for the new BLO production of The Marriage of Figaro through set and costume designs and live musical selections performed by BLO artists.
Three views of The Marriage of Figaro throughout BLO’s history: Sari Gruber, Alfred Walker, D’Anna Fortunato, and Spiro Malas in 1999, photo by Richard Feldman; Ailyn Pérez and Kyle Ketelsen in 2007, photo by Jeffrey Dunn; and Emily Birsan, singing Susanna in 2017, Liza Voll Photography.