Le Nozze di Figaro at the SF Opera!

Once again, this unforgettable opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart returns to the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House with a stunning cast almost identical to the one I remember from a few years ago. French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly as Figaro; American soprano Lisette Oropesa as Susanna; American soprano Nadine Sierra as Countess Almaviva; American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Cherubino; Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Count Almaviva; American mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook as Marcellina; American tenor Greg Fedderly as Don Basilio; American soprano Maria Valdes as Barbarina; Former Adler Fellow and Merola alumnus Bojan Knežević as Antonio; and American soprano Virginia Pluth and mezzo-soprano Erin Neff as the two bridesmaids.

This spectacular performance, taking place last Sunday, on the 21st of June, was a wonderful entertainment on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. Conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Robin Guarino, this production of Mozart's comedy is something not to miss.

Philippe Sly, previously appearing in San Francisco Opera's production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte as Guglielmo and in San Francisco Opera's production of Partenope as Ormonte, triumphally continues to conquer the San Francisco Opera with his portrayal of Figaro. He was in good, solid vocal shape, and burned the stage with his acting skills.

Lisette Oropesa, the sweet-voiced Susanna we were all pleased to see and hear, stood side-by-side with Figaro in his confrontations with the Count Almaviva.

Cherubino usually receives the most laughs and cheering from the audience. Kate Lindsey was a great embodiment of Cherubino, with her facial expressions and small gestures, Kate Lindsey acted and sounded boyishly flirtatious. I enjoyed her cartwheel very much, once again again after her Zerlina:)

Nadine Sierrra, performing the role of the heart-broken Countess Almaviva, carried her role with dignity and soul. It's not her fault she sounded and looked younger than the Countess is presumed to be.

Luca Pisaroni, performing the role of Count Almaviva, portrayed the fickle Count as charming and authoritative. I enjoyed his Count much more than his Figaro, and both roles were performed very uniquely.

The set was very beautiful, and the costumes all fit well on the performers. Looking forward to the next opera in this year's season!


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