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It was this long awaited, wildly received French opening and its accompanying publicity that attracted Italian-born librettist Lorenzo da Ponte and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to the piece. They knew that the play, itself, could not be given in Vienna, but they thought that a somewhat expurgated opera on the subject would be permitted and was likely to attract untold numbers of ticket buyers. Thus, on 1 May 1786, their work, Le nozze di Figaro, began a successful run of performances that attracted a much wider audience than that which was usually found in the opera house.

Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna) and Sarah Castle (Cherubino) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna) and Sarah Castle (Cherubino) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

On 11 May 2007, San Diego Opera presented this two-century-old masterpiece at the Civic Theater in a traditional production by Linda Brodsky with exquisitely detailed sets and costumes by Zack Brown.

Mariusz Kwiecien (Count Almaviva) and Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
Mariusz Kwiecien (Count Almaviva) and Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

 

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