Northwestern University Opera Theater delighted audiences with “Le nozze di Figaro” – Mozart’s classic comic tale of love, intrigue, morals, and mischief – from February 25-28, 2016.
The story focuses on servants Susanna and Figaro, who are planning their wedding; but their master, Count Almaviva, has his eye on the pretty young maid and attempts to delay their marriage. Complicating matters are a jealous countess, an amorous teenager, a scheming older woman, and her beleaguered lawyer.
Directed by Michael M. Ehrman, artist-in-residence and director of opera at Northwestern, and conducted by Emanuele Andrizzi, the production featured two ensembles of Bienen School of Music students. See below for photos from each cast, as well as a behind-the-scenes video.
Cast: Alexander York (Count Almaviva), Emily Barnash (Countess Almaviva), Madison Leonard (Susanna), Ted Pickell (Figaro), Jeanne Ireland (Cherubino), Eric J. McConnell (Bartolo), Quinn Middleman (Marcellina), Nathan Ward (Basilio), Conor Broaders (Antonio), Jennie Moser (Barbarina), Frank Laucerica (Don Curzio), and Hannah Carroll and Annie Barrett (two peasant girls)
Cast: Kevin Krasinski (Count Almaviva), Regina Ceragioli (Countess Almaviva), Bahareh Poureslami (Susanna), Dimitri German (Figaro), Chelsea Lyons (Cherubino), Eric J. McConnell (Bartolo), Chelsea Betz (Marcellina), Sam Grosby (Basilio), Gabriel Wernick (Antonio), Catherine McAree (Barbarina), Samuel Garcia (Don Curzio), and Evelyn Wouters and Liana Gineitis (two peasant girls)
In addition to these principal roles, a chorus of peasants and servants consisted of Bienen students Carl Alexander, Gabrielle Barkidjija, Sebastian Botero, Gordon Burkhart, William Bradley Fielding, Cristina Gallo, Chelsea Holmes, Christopher Jumper, Carter LaCrosse, Taylor Lockwood, Blake Scott, Elizabeth Maria Smith, Nicolas Wagner, and Ari Wyner.
Take an inside look at rehearsals for the production, illuminated by interviews with director Michael M. Ehrman, conductor Emanuele Andrizzi, and members of the cast.