¡Figaro! (90210) in concert
The debate over immigration reform takes center stage in Figaro! (90210) as the title character from Mozart's beloved opera is recast as an undocumented worker on a Beverly Hills estate. These concert performances showcase the original music note-for-note but with an entirely new English (and Spanglish) libretto that makes "the world's most perfect opera" as fresh, as funny, as relevant and as revolutionary as ever.
'Illegal' immigrants Figaro and Susana can't wait to get married, but on their way to the altar they'll have to navigate a world of lecherous bosses, Botoxed starlets, bumbling human traffickers, ambitious hip-hoppers and pothead gardeners in an unpredictable adventure that turns The Marriage of Figaro into a thought-provoking comedy about citizenship in 21st-Century America.
Mixing classically trained voices with performers from more popular styles respects the integrity of the original, while allowing newcomers to appreciate the show like never before, as does the abbreviated running time, which cuts the nearly four-hour opera down to a brisk two-and-a-half, including one 15-minute intermission.
After sold-out performances in November 2012 at Dixon Place, Figaro! (90210) is returning for a limited run of concert performances from June 11-16, 2013. The accomplished cast of opera and theater performers will be directed by emerging Latina director Melissa Crespo, and accompanied live onstage by a five-string ensemble under the direction of pianist and music director Raphael Fusco, whom the New York Times has described as "accomplished and winning".
Figaro! (90210) is the latest production of Morningside Opera, an exciting company that has been praised for "bold imagination and musical diligence" by the New York Times. The organization's mission is to challenge the boundaries of opera, and to spark dialogue about the genre between new and traditional audiences.
If you've never seen the opera before, Figaro! (90210) offers the perfect introduction to this timeless work; if you know the music by heart, you'll be surprised how fresh and relevant the show feels with words and settings that directly address the way we live today.
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Vid Guerrerio
Stage Direction by Melissa Crespo
Music Direction by Raphael Fusco
Carlos Monzón as Figaro
Sophia Benedetti as Susana
Robert Balonek as Paul Conti
Donata Cucinotta as Roxanne Conti
Anthony Chatmon II as Li'l B-Man
Amy Marie Stewart as Barbara
Brittany Fowler as Ms. Soon-Yi Nam
Wilbur Watkin Lewis as Babayan
AnnMarie Sandy as Donna Curson
Deepak Marwah as Basel
Jonathan D. Morales as Atzuko
with Masami Morimoto, Leandra Ramm and Elizabeth Tapia
Liv Heym (Violin I)
Lisa Romain (Violin II)
Rose Hashimoto (Viola)
James Waldo (Cello)
Yanni Burton (Bass)
Note: Well-behaved junior theatergoers are welcome, but parents should be advised that while there is no nudity and no four-letter words, the show contains suggestive sexual content, consistent with that of the original opera.
The NSD Theater (View)
151 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014
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