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Figaro play

The Marriage of Figaro - March 6-9

Jealousy and lust converge with love and forgiveness in “The Marriage of Figaro,” an opera performed at Willamette University March 6-9.

Sung in English, the opera composed by Wolfgang Mozart relates the story of Figaro and Susanna, a servant and chambermaid who plan to wed. But when Count Almaviva reveals his own scandalous and romantic intentions toward Susanna, the couple’s well-laid plans begin to unravel.

Through trickery and deception, the characters live a single day of insanity — bringing out the jealousy and lust that lurk in the corridors of the count’s palace. In this maze of madness, is there any hope for true love, trust or forgiveness? 

For Director Allison Swensen-Mitchell, the opera has a lot to offer — from an unfailingly beautiful score to a lively and touching plot.

“The audience will see a dynamic cast, lively, energetic staging, dancing, gorgeous costumes and a stunning set,” she says. “‘The Marriage of Figaro’ is a perfect show for people who have never seen an opera; they will be amazed by how familiar the music is to them.”

Based on a farce once banned in Vienna for its telling of inter-class conflict, Mozart’s opera is being presented by Willamette University’s Dramatic Vocal Arts Program, in collaboration with the University Chamber Orchestra and the Theatre Department.

Performances are scheduled March 6-8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 3 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Theatre Box Office, the Music Department, online at boxofficetickets.com or at the door.

Describing “The Marriage of Figaro” as one of her favorite operas, Swensen-Mitchell says the two-and-a-half-hour performance will feature a high level of artistry, enthusiasm and commitment from the entire cast and production team. 

“So much of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’s music has been used in movies and commercials,” she says. “Even if we don’t know exactly why, we feel the sense of drama in every bar of Mozart’s score. It should be a very entertaining evening for everyone.”

For more information, call 503-370-6221 or visit the upcoming performance page.


March art

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Exhibitions Currently Showing

Whiting Tennis: My Side of the Mountain

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery
Continuing through Mar. 23, 2014

Whiting Tennis is a Seattle-based mixed media artist who merges interests in folk and Pop art with surrealism in his artworks, which include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and collages. Often derived from doodles and automatic drawings, his art combines Western landscapes, lonely forms, and dilapidated buildings to create a distinctly American narrative. Organized by Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition features a range of work from the past 10 years.

Continuing through April 27, 2014
Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Achepohl is a nationally recognized artist and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Iowa who lives in Eugene. During the past four years, he has created a series of remarkable images inspired by ex-votos. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features 40 mixed media works on paper and includes a selection of 19th- and 20th-century ex-votos from the artist's collection.

Winter is Good

Continues through March 23, 2014
The Maribeth Collins Lobby

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem "Winter is Good," this selection of works from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection celebrates the quiet charm and stark beauty of the season.

Additional March Events

Tuesday Gallery Talks

March 11, 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Meet in the museum's Maribeth Collins Lobby. This event is free and open to the public.

Drop-In Art Making

March 15 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Maribeth Collins Lobby

Complimentary with admission.

Hallie Ford’s Birthday

March 16
Free Admission

In 1996, with the support of long-time benefactor Hallie Ford and the Ford Family Foundation, Willamette purchased the vacant US West Communications building that was transformed into the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

With the resources of the Ford Family Foundation and as a trustee of Willamette University, Mrs. Ford sought to benefit the arts and education throughout Oregon. Her birthday offers us a moment to reflect on her generosity and the enduring legacy of her philanthropic efforts.

Tuesday Gallery Talk: Family Tour of the Permanent Galleries

March 25
Meet in the lobby at 12:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.