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A British Raj reimagining of this brilliant opera buffa
Launching the season will be an all new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, transported to colonial India during Victorian Imperial rule. Sexual politics and class resentments play out through the prism of shifting power and revolution, culminating in a riotously colorful Indian wedding that will bring the exuberance and festivity of Bollywood to the California Theatre stage. Brad Dalton, director of the upcoming The Magic Flute and last season’s thrilling Madama Butterfly puts his stamp on this production, and Mozart specialist Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the season opener in his company debut. Casting includes Maya Kherani as Susanna and baritone Efraín Solís as Figaro, with baritone Eugene Brancoveanu and soprano Maria Natale as the estranged Count and Countess Almaviva, and soprano Indira Mahajan making her OSJ debut and role debut as Marcellina.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time: approx. 3 hours.
Synopsis: The Marriage of Figaro
Introduction to Opera
At 6pm before evening performances and at 1pm before matinees, a free talk will be presented in the California Theatre that will acquaint you with the composer’s life, his place in the history of opera, the story and its characters. If you are attending the 1:30 or 6:30 Introduction, you must be ticketed for that day’s performance; and your ticket must be torn as you enter the building.
A one-hour preview for each 2020-21 production is presented free of charge in the third floor rehearsal hall of the California Theatre, located at 345 S. First Street. Please enter via Market Street entrance and take elevator to third floor. The preview includes a lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Dates for previews are as follows:
All previews begin at 12 noon.
Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy upcoming Opera San José performances all the more by attending one of longtime OSJ subscriber Bradford Wade’s FREE previews. Dates for West Side Story lecture talks will be posted in April 2021. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.
Performances of The Marriage of Figaro are made possible by a Cultural Affairs grant from the the City of San Jose.