Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 24 and 26, 2016

 

Greater Worcester Opera presents a Downton Abbey inspired production of Mozart's masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro

 

 

Shrewsbury/Worcester, Massachusetts, June 3, 2016 - As “Downton Abbey” bids us adieu after six glorious seasons, Greater Worcester Opera presents one final homage to the beloved and iconic BBC Masterpiece series by pairing it with another iconic work- Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.  This radiant composition, often called the “perfect opera”, lends itself perfectly to the Downton precept of royalty upstairs (Count and Countess Almaviva) and servants down below (Figaro, Susanna and a house full of colorful characters.)  With just the right blend of comedy and pathos surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful operatic music, The Marriage of Figaro takes us through one madcap day in the life of the Manor House, on the day of the wedding of two servants who remind us quite a lot of Anna and John Bates!
 
This fully staged opera will be performed in English translation, accompanied by string quartet and piano. Performances will be on June 24 (7:30 PM) and June 26 (2:00 PM) at the Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA.  Directed by Richard Monroe (stage) and Aldo Fabrizi (music), the cast boasts professionally trained singers and actors from the greater Worcester area and beyond, from locales both near (Boston and Metro West) and far (the Pioneer Valley, and southern Connecticut.) Singer roster includes Ron Williams (Count), Christine Petkus (Countess), Miles Rind (Figaro), Elaine Crane (Susanna), Meghan Ryan (Cherubino), Kathy Blaisdell (Marcellina), Frank Walker (Dr. Bartolo), Ted Blaisdell (Basilio), Ben Morse (Antonio), and Nicole Newell (Barbarina) as well as a vibrant ensemble.  There will also be a concert performance of the opera sung by the show’s cover artists (Friday, June 17, 7:30 pm), at 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester MA. 

 

Ticket prices for the mainstage opera are $24-26.  For more information, email tickets@greaterworcesteropera.org or call 508-930-7062. www.greaterworcesteropera.org/Figaro_2016.htm 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Shrewsbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
The Worcester Telegram has raved about Greater Worcester Opera: “This splendid production demonstrates the depth of the talent in the area… Such home-grown magical music-making deserves celebration, support and, most of all, profound gratitude.” “Professional aplomb, spot-on singing... voices were first-rate." "The outstanding feature of this production was the singing.  The scales, trills, and arpeggios... were handily executed...musically polished, with fine intonation.... a boisterous, fun-filled affair, with splendid singing by local talent." “Strong singing and ingenious staging… wit, charm, energy and wondrous professional zing.”


Greater Worcester Opera, a non-profit corporation, has been pursuing its two-fold mission of opera performance and education in Central Massachusetts and beyond since 2003. The group performs concerts, recitals, opera scenes programs and full-length operas as well as bringing opera to schools, including an original opera for children entitled “Diamonds and Toads” featuring the music of Mozart. The company continually strives to “bring local singers and local audiences together” and utilizes the talents of Central Massachusetts’ local singers, musicians and artists.

 

Web: www.greaterworcesteropera.org 

 

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 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Elaine Crane

Email: elaine@elainecrane.com

Phone: (508) 930-7062

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Greater Worcester Opera

116 Bushy Lane, Rutland, Massachusetts, 01543

Web: www.greaterworcesteropera.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Greater Worcester Opera presents "The Marriage of Figaro"

Event Date: June 24 and 26, 2016

Event Time: 7:30 PM, 2:00 PM

Event Location: Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center At St. John's High School, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01543

Admission: $26 General, $24 Senior, $10 Student

Web: www.greaterworcesteropera.org

Contact: Elaine Crane, elaine@elainecrane.com, (508) 930-7062

Description: As “Downton Abbey” bids us adieu after six glorious seasons, Greater Worcester Opera presents one final homage to the beloved and iconic BBC Masterpiece series by pairing it with another iconic work- Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.  This radiant composition, often called the “perfect opera”, lends itself perfectly to the Downton precept of royalty upstairs (Count and Countess Almaviva) and servants down below (Figaro, Susanna and a house full of colorful characters.)  With just the right blend of comedy and pathos surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful operatic music, The Marriage of Figaro takes us through one madcap day in the life of the Manor House, on the day of the wedding of two servants who remind us quite a lot of Anna and John Bates!

 


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