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DAYTON, OH (March 6, 2013) – On Friday, April 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightful, engaging comedy The Marriage of Figaro performed in Italian with English surtitles above the stage.   

His name is Figaro. A valet, he’s an unlikely hero. He’s just a man who’s in love with a woman he works with and all he wants is to marry her. He looks forward to it so much that in the opening scene we see and hear him measuring space on the floor for the nuptial bed! But there’s trouble in his particular paradise; his boss, Count Almaviva, is longing after his bride to be – the maid Susanna. In addition, the count owes his housekeeper Marcellina money, which she’ll gladly forego in exchange for a wedding ring from Figaro.

There is just nothing simple about this wedding as the day’s capers unfold by this cast of characters.

The Marriage of Figaro is a story rife with scheming, infatuation, flirting, gossip, rage, lament, plotting, disguise, false promises, conspiracy, revenge, misplaced offspring, and misunderstanding. In short a comedy, indeed a musical comedy, which – with a score composed by Mozart – is perhaps the most joyful and musically beautiful comedy ever.

In this production of The Marriage of Figaro, under the guidance of stage director Gary Briggle and conductor Neal Gittleman, three artists make their Dayton Opera debuts: bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as Figaro, soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez as Susanna, and soprano Rebecca Davis as Countess Almaviva.  Returning to Dayton Opera, baritone Andrew Garland sings Count Almaviva, bass Thomas Hammons sings Don Bartolo, mezzo-soprano Maria Ventura sings Marcellina, and tenor Phillipe Pearce sings Don Basilio.  Members of Dayton Opera’s Artist in Residence Program, soprano Caitlin Cisler, mezzo-soprano Amy Helfer, tenor Ian Jose Ramirez, and baritone Kenneth Stavert, perform the roles of Barbarina, Cherubino, Don Curzio, and Antonio.  The Dayton Philharmonic accompanies this production which also features the Dayton Opera Chorus.

“We are excited to welcome back stage director Gary Briggle,” said Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera’s Artistic Director. “Gary is a master of comedy having directed our The Barber of Seville, The Pirates of Penzance, and H.M.S. Pinafore in which he also starred as Major General Stanley. He also directed our acclaimed Porgy and Bess for our 50th Anniversary Season as well as last season’s The Tragedy of Carmen.”

Tickets range from $15 to $92 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Friday Nite $15 Tweet Seats, which allows muted mobile devices in the Upper Balcony during the performance and is sponsored by DP&L, are also available. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office. Attendees are invited to attend the cast party following Friday’s performance at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Principal Sponsor for The Marriage of Figaro is The Opera Guild of Dayton; Leadership Sponsors are Drs. Ingrid Brown and Troy Tyner, The Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, The ELM Foundation and Premier Health Partners; Entrepreneurship Circle Sponsors are Bob Ross Auto Group, 10 Wilmington Place and One Lincoln Park.

Learn More about Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

There are several opportunities to learn about Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Art & Arias returns to the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North on Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 pm. This lively hour-long look at opera and art features speakers Dr. Sam Dorf and DAI Docent Karen Long offering their perspectives plus musical excerpts performed by cast members. Art & Arias is free and open to the public.

Also, the free and informative Opera Overture presentations with the opera aficionado and University of Dayton professor Dr. Sam Dorf will be held on Sunday, March 23 at 5 p.m. at Books & Co. at The Greene and Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3211 Lakeview Ave., Dayton.

At the performance, enjoy entertainment and food-by-the-bite and beverages on sale in the Wintergarden beginning one-hour prior to the performance. For ticket holders, a 20-minute Opera Preview with Dr. Dorf is also offered one hour prior to both performances.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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