Hubbard Hall: ‘Marriage of Figaro’
Hubbard Hall Opera Theater presents Mozart’s classic comic opera, ‘The Marriage of Figaro,’ the sequel to last year’s riotous ‘Barber of Seville.’ The performance will be directed by Patrick Hansen, who formerly directed the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera. The ‘Marriage of Figaro’ cast features the Vermont-based baritone Geoff Penar as the philandering count. Soprano Kristen Schwecke, a recent graduate of the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute, will sing the countess; Susanna will be sung by soprano Marielle Murphy, and squaring out the quartet, Luke Scott.
Running in repertory with ‘Marriage of Figaro’ will be Puccini’s timeless comic one-act, ‘Gianni Schicchi,’ in which money grabbing relatives squabble over a will, star-crossed lovers are united and a roughneck father strives to do well by his daughter. Director, Kirk Jackson, a revered actor in his own right and resident instructor at Bennington College, reveals the absurd relevancy of family issues by updating the setting from the 13th century to the late 1950s. Maryland-based baritone Andrew Adelsberger, who played Dr. Bartolo in ‘Barber of Seville,’ returns to sing the title role.
Both operas rely heavily on ensembles and many of the remaining cast members are doubled, requiring great versatility and stamina.
This summer’s operas will be fully costumed and staged, sung in Italian with English supertitles, and accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya. Tickets are available at 518-677-2495 or hubbardhall.org. Hubbard Hall is an historic opera house located at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, N.Y.