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The Marriage of Figaro


McCaw Hall Seattle Center
Jan. 16-30 2016 All Ages


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Seattle Opera had the same general director—Speight Jenkins, who introduced the company's famed Ring cycle and generally brought the opera into the modern age—for more than 30 years. Then, in 2014, he retired, and Aidan Lang took his place. General directors don't usually act as creative artists, and Lang "doesn't intend to repeat this feat," but this presentation of Figaro, Mozart's best-loved and most commonly produced opera, is Lang's own production. He created it in 2010 in New Zealand, partly at the same place—Weta Workshop—where Peter Jackson made his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it sailed across the seas to get here. Says Jonathan Dean, Seattle Opera dramaturg, "Like Speight, Aidan is obviously a very intelligent man; but it’s his common sense that has impressed me so much. His goal with this Figaro was simply to tell the opera world’s most complicated story clearly, so that everyone can follow (and enjoy) every twist and turn of the crazy plot. [H]e has stripped away both the typical excessively ornate Rococo fussiness that you often see, in terms of sets and costumes, and loads of traditional gags and shtick that have accumulated over the centuries." The goal? "Logic," Dean says, and "realness." JEN GRAVES

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

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  • Jan. 16-30 2016