Williams to Present "Unplugged" Staging of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 7, 2013—Williams College presents “Mozart’s Figaro, Unplugged” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan.18 and 19 in the Adams Memorial Theatre at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. This unplugged interpretation of acts two and four of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro departs from opera’s traditional production by forgoing intricate stage setting and elaborate costumes.

The show is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Williams students and will be available for purchase starting Jan. 8 by calling the ’62 Center box office at 413-597-2425 or online at 62center.williams.edu.

“Mozart’s Figaro, Unplugged” features a full orchestra and a cast of students from Williams and other colleges, professional singers, and local artists. The music is directed by Keith Kibler, artist associate in voice, and the show is staged by Jean-Bernard Bucky, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Arts and Theatre. Richard Giarusso ’00, who currently teaches at the Peabody Conservatory, conducts the performance. The opera is sung in English.

“Acts two and four of The Marriage of Figaro are among the most lively and transcendent acts in all of opera,” says Bucky. “Our goal for this staging of Figaro is to have the audience engage directly with the heart of Mozart’s drama through the music.”

This event is made possible thanks to support from the office of the Dean of the Faculty.

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