The Figaro Project: world-premiere adaptation of Mozart opera

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore’s newest opera company, The Figaro Project, will present a world-premiere concert adaptation of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3pm at First English Lutheran Church. The concert adaptation, entitled “The Figaro Project,” will feature past and present Peabody vocalists, as well as noted pianist Michael Sheppard and Maestro JoAnn Kulesza.

Written by Figaro Project founder and Peabody alumna Caitlin Vincent, “The Figaro Project” is a humorous look at what would happen if opera met its “maker,” in this case, Lorenzo da Ponte, the original librettist for Mozart’s opera. The piece begins as a traditional concert version of Le nozze di Figaro, complete with music stands, open scores, and an omniscient narrator (Da Ponte). While the characters in the opera begin by following Da Ponte’s narration, it soon becomes clear that they have no qualms rebelling against his creative decisions, particularly when it comes to achieving their own happy endings.

“It’s opera like you’ve never seen it before,” said Vincent. “Our version maintains the integrity of Mozart’s music but also allows the characters to develop their personalities beyond the confines of the traditional operatic genre.”

What: “The Figaro Project”

When: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3pm

Where: First English Lutheran Church – 3807 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Admission: Free

About The Figaro Project
Founded by Peabody alumna Caitlin Vincent in June 2009, The Figaro Project is dedicated to giving performing opportunities to young opera singers and presenting opera in an accessible and affordable way.

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