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‘Marriage of Figaro’ First 2003 Opera

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Photo of Jennifer Sgroe
Jennifer Sgroe

Photo of Mark Huseth
Mark Huseth

Photo of Edward White Jr.
Edward White Jr.

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“There is no better opera to kick off an opera season than the ever popular Marriage of Figaro.”

-- Everett McCorvey,
professor, UK School of Music and opera director

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2003) -- The “Marriage of Figaro” will be presented by the University of Kentucky’s Department of Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 4 and 10 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Lexington Opera House on Broadway.

“There is no better opera to kick off an opera season than the ever popular Marriage of Figaro,” said UK School of Music professor and opera director Everett McCorvey. “Central Kentucky opera goers will delight in the outstanding cast of UK students and guest performers we have enlisted for this production.”

The opera, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is considered one of the most perfect comic operas ever written, McCorvey said.

“The story of how Count Almaviva is thwarted in his attempts to seduce his servant Figaro’s intended bride, Susanna, is delightfully domestic, universal and highly entertaining,” he said.

The opera, presented in its original Italian, will be performed with English subtitles portrayed on a screen in the Opera House.

Among the performers in the cast are Jennifer Sgroe of New York City, who will play Susanna; Mark Huseth from Topeka, Kan., who will play Count Almaviva; and Edward White Jr. from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who will play Figaro. All three students are doctoral students in the UK School of Music, majoring in vocal performance.

Tickets for the performances are $20 and $18 for reserved seating and $12 for students. The tickets are available from the UK Singletary Center for the Arts ticket office at 257-9331 and from the Downtown Arts Center, 225-0370. Discounted tickets are available through CLASS PASS for students. For more information call 257-9331.

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