Love, jealousy collide in "The Marriage of Figaro" March 6-9

by University Communications,

Jealousy and lust converge with love and forgiveness in “The Marriage of Figaro,” an opera featured 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.

Swensen-Mitchell says “The Marriage of Figaro” is one of her favorite operas, and during the two-and-a-half-hour performance, the audience will be treated to 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.”


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, online at or at the door.

For more information, call 503-370-6221.