Fall Opera Scenes: the plots

On October 30 and 31, Yale Opera will present two evenings of opera scenes. To whet your appetite, here are synopses of the scenes to be performed. All synopses are by Grant Meachum. Tickets to the Opera Scenes range from $8 to $12 and are available online or at the box office (203 432-4158).


Navarraise 012 webLE NOZZE DI FIGARO Act II
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, KV 492

Prior to the scene: Figaro and Susanna are to be married.  Susanna is troubled by the Count’s romantic interest in her, but Figaro is confident the Count can be outwitted.  The Count is frustrated by Cherubino’s constant flirtations.  Marcellina, Basilio, and Bartolo are plotting to force Figaro to marry Marcellina to settle an old debt.

The Countess laments that her husband no longer loves her.  Figaro and Susanna hatch a plot to change the Count’s behavior: they will schedule a romantic meeting between the Count and Susanna but send Cherubino (disguised as a women) instead of Susanna.  Cherubino sings a love song he has written for the Countess and Susanna begins to dress him as a woman for the meeting with the Count.  Before the dressing is finished, the Count arrives; Cherubino hides in a closet, but the Count is suspicious that the Countess is hiding a lover there.  The Countess claims Susanna is in the closet but refuses to open the door.  As the Count leaves to get tools to break down the door, Susanna sneaks into the closet and helps Cherubino escape out a window. MORE

Published October 19, 2009
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