MN Opera: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro


The Minnesota Opera continues to celebrate its 55th anniversary season by performing Mozart’s undisputed masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro.

Performances will take place at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, November 11, 12, 14, and 16 through 19.

For those unfamiliar, this opera is a comedy about class warfare and love. A day of chaos and confusion, love restored, families reunited and, spoiler alert, Figaro claiming his bride in the end.

Many consider this the most perfect opera ever written.

As artistic Director Dale Johnson praises the opera, saying, “Based on the French play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre Beaumarchais, Mozart has taken this story and added music of great wit and profound beauty…”

“Stage Director Stephen[Lawless], who was last at Minnesota Opera for La clemenzadi Tito in 2001, has chosen to stage the opera in a rather traditional setting while bringing boldly composed drama to the fore. This production, beautifully designed by Leslie Travers, moves quickly from scene to scene, always keeping our attention to the drama’s swift pace.”

The new staging was hailed by The Kansas City Star for being “as beautiful as it is humorous, as sophisticated as it is raunchy,” turning the misconception that opera is a staid tradition on its head. The staging first premiered in early in 2016, and was co-produced by Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.

Now it’s here.

Here is everything you need to know:

What: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, sung in Italian with stylized English translations projected above the stage.

Where: Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul, MN 55102

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $25-200. Call Minnesota Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, Monday – Friday, 10am–5pm, or purchase online at

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