NDNU’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts to Perform Mozart’s Masterpiece “Figaro”

Belmont, CA, October 14, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts will present Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Marcie Stapp’s English translation in the historic Ralston Hall Mansion from October 22 to October 31. The production will show four times: October 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., October 24 at 7 p.m. and October 31 at 4 p.m.

Based upon Beaumarchais’ scandalous play of the same name, the opera, with Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte,continues to follow the comic, romantic adventures of the beloved characters previously introduced in Beaumarchais’ The Barber of Seville.

The opera focuses on the web of lust that entangles the aristocrats and servants of Count Almaviva’s estate. The Count lusts after servants, and his wife craves his attention but falls for a young suitor’s charm. An older woman pursues Figaro, the Count’s valet, while the Count has Figaro’s fiancée in his amorous crosshairs. Gossip, revenge and Mozart’s resplendent music make for a delightful evening of entertainment.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the creative team at NDNU led by Debra Lambert and Greg Fritsch, and to have a chance to be involved in exposing such talented students to the wonders of Mozart and in particular The Marriage of Figaro, which thanks to the combined genius of Beaumarchais, Lorenzo Da Ponte and Mozart is once of the greatest works western civilization has ever produced,” said music director Gregory Stapp. “The fact that we can use the ballroom in the historic Ralston Hall Mansion as our setting for the Count’s palace guarantees an exquisite ambiance that few stage productions could ever hope to equal.”

NDNU’s The Marriage of Figaro is music directed by Gregory Stapp, with stage direction by Greg Fritsch and choreography by Dottie Lester-White. The show also features costume designer Kate Irvine Mills, producer Debra Lambert and production manager Matthew Royce. The Marriage of Figaro is performed by a predominantly student cast.

The Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. General admission is $25, $15 for students and seniors. For more information or tickets, call (650) 508-3729 or e-mail concerts@ndnu.edu.