Dana Sohm


The Marriage of Figaro

Every Tue., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Nov. 11-18
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Nov. 11-19
2 p.m.
Opera, Theater

Emperor Joseph II proffered one of history’s great hot takes when he critiqued an earlier Mozart opera as having “an unconscionable number of notes.” The richness of Mozart’s compositions and the elaborate layering of music and narrative would in fact become elemental to opera for centuries. There’s arguably no greater demonstration of this genius than The Marriage of Figaro. This saucy comedy courted controversy with its depiction of the peasant class as both abler and morally superior to the aristocracy—composed by Mozart with his frequent collaborator, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, a former priest and serial philanderer who was once kicked out of Venice altogether for “sexual depravity.” Luckily, Marie Antoinette vouched for Figaro, and the rest is history—a longer history for some than others. The Minnesota Opera stages this classic some 230 years after its debut, here under the direction of Stephen Lawless.