figaro al fresco

operamission performs at the Bryant Park Fall Festival on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM.

After Act I of ‘Puccini’s La Bohème: Assembly Required,’ the Festival called me up and offered me 60-90 minutes of weekday noontime festivities, so we will bring them a generous and refreshing slice of Mozart, expressly catered to the occasion…

Figaro al fresco – a comic cliffhanger

Superimposing the 18th-century Viennese outdoor wind band tradition of light entertainment onto the most brilliant of comic operas, operamission presents Acts I & II of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (‘The Marriage of Figaro’).

Staged by director Peter Kozma, a vibrant cast partners with a chamber band fit for Bryant Park’s Fall Festival Stage. Conductor Jennifer Peterson leads from the piano.

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bass CORY CLINES (Figaro) • soprano SHARIN APOSTOLOU (Susanna) • baritone MICHAEL WEYANDT (Count) • soprano INNA DUKACH (Countess)

and rounding out our cast:

countertenor TYLER WAYNE SMITH as Cherubino

bass LAWRENCE LONG as Bartolo and Antonio

mezzo-soprano JANARA KELLERMAN as Marcellina

and tenor IVÁN RIVERA as Basilio

…joined by BORIS SHPITALNIK and GROVER EDWARDS on clarinets, KEITH KREINDLER on bassoon,  MIKE SAYRE and BRIAN HILL on horns, and KYLE COLINA on the double bass.

The concert is FREE, and we will be live-tweeting the synopsis at @fignyc!

operamission needs your support, now especially — tell anyone you know to send their dollars.

A ‘free concert’ is not free to produce! Spread the word of this worthy cause. Contact Jennifer Peterson if you’d like to know more.

Top image courtesy of – used with permission, thank you Adam – great blog for the NY fall season!

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