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Clear voiced Swiss tenor Martin Zysset was an outstanding Don Basilio who demonstrated how much a fine artist can make of a small role. Scott Sikon, the Antonio, also turned in an excellent cameo. As Bartolo and Marcellina, Kevin Langan and Delores Ziegler were a delightfully nasty pair of schemers.

From left to right, Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna), Sarah Castle (Cherubino) and Pamela Armstrong (Countess Almaviva) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
From left to right, Isabel Bayrakdarian (Susanna), Sarah Castle (Cherubino) and Pamela Armstrong (Countess Almaviva) in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

New Zealand mezzo-soprano Sarah Castle was a boyish looking Cherubino who sang with a rather small voice. She was, however, well matched with the enticing Barbarina, Priya Palekar. At the beginning of the opera, veteran conductor Edoardo Müller had some difficulty keeping the orchestra coordinated with the singers, but the problem was resolved by the middle of Act I.

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

Because Mozart's work is so popular, an extra performance was given, a fitting way to end San Diego Opera's highly successful 2007 season. Next year, between January and May, the company will present Wagner's Tannhäuser, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Verdi's Aida and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

Copyright © 30 May 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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