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Le Nozze di Figaro

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center College Park, MD (map)

Maryland Lyric Opera

The first installment of MDLO’s brand new and fully staged Mozart/Da Ponte cycle is Le Nozze di Figaro in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s intimate Kay Theatre in College Park, June 10, 12, and 14, 2020. The acclaimed Italian Ruggero Raimondi directs this new production in collaboration with scenic designer Daniel Bianco, Artistic Director of the Teatro Del La Zarzuela in Madrid, Spain, with lighting by Joan Sullivan-Genthe. Bianco, a regular collaborator of Raimondi’s, will design all three operas in the iconic Mozart/Da Ponte cycle (Don Giovanni will premiere in 2021, followed by Così Fan Tutte in 2022.)

Figaro boasts an all-star cast of the leading young artists of the day, many of whom will be familiar to Washington-Baltimore audiences from their time in Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Hunter Enoch, an alumnus of the MDLO Young Artist Institute, leads the production in the title role, paired with the Susanna of Irish soprano Helen Kearns, who recently performed the role under the direction of Ruggero Raimondi in Spain and who will be making her anticipated American debut with this production. MDLO Institute alumnus Mary Feminear returns to sing the role of the Countess Almaviva, while Count Almaviva is performed by Christian Bowers, who has recently sung a Mozart/Da Ponte cycle over three seasons at Teatru Manoel in Malta. Aleks Romano makes her MDLO debut as Cherubino, a role she has performed on the main stage at Washington National Opera. Music Director Louis Salemno conducts the MDLO Orchestra.

Figaro: Hunter Enoch *±

Susanna: Helen Kearns

Count Almaviva: Christian Bowers *±

Countess Almaviva: Mary Feminear *

Cherubino: Aleks Romano ±

Dr. Bartolo: Steven Condy

Marcellina: Luretta Bybee

Don Basilio: Joseph Michael Brent *

Antonio: Michael Pitocchi *

Barbarina: Melissa Mino *

Don Curzio: Mauricio Miranda ±

Conductor: Louis Salemno

Stage Director: Ruggero Raimondi

Set Designer: Daniel Bianco

Lighting Designer: Joan Sullivan-Genthe

Chorus Master: Steven Gathman *

Alumnus of MDLO Young Artist Institute ± Alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Tickets start at $25 and will be on sale soon. Contact or call (240) 427-5568 for more information.

Earlier Event: June 10
Le Nozze di Figaro
Later Event: June 14
Le Nozze di Figaro

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photo credit Kristin Hoebermann 2014