Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Nathan Gunn, Count
Ailyn Perez, Countess
Lisette Oropesa, Susanna
John Relyea, Figaro
Lauren McNeese, Cherubino
John Aler, Basilio
Jane Bunnell, Marcellina
Richard Bernstein, Bartolo
Rodell Rosel, Curzio
Lei Xu, Barbarina
Paul Corona, Antonio
David Lefkowich, Stage Director
Cast changes: John Relyea will play Figaro, replacing Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, who is ill. Ailyn Perez will play the Countess, replacing Rebecca Evans, who has suffered a death in the family. Richard Bernstein will perform in place of John Del Carlo, who is ill.
In 2008 James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra into the Martin Theatre for two intimate concert productions of the Mozart operas Don Giovanni and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Instant sell-outs, the shows had staying power on the minds and hearts of all who saw them.
Now the magic’s back, as Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus return to the Martin Theatre with a collection of brilliant soloists—including the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and Nathan Gunn (recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award, he was recently named one of the “sexiest men alive” by People magazine)—in two of the composer’s most popular comedies, with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Cosí fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, each presented for one night and one matinee only.
“Gotcha” TV shows like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich have nothing on The Marriage of Figaro, the sex comedy ranked by most opera lovers as one of Mozart’s finest works. Suspicious husbands and wronged wives do more than point fingers and wag tongues; they deliver some of the greatest arias in opera history.
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) (supertitles)