A truly gala event for Vancouver audiences. Mozart's, Marriage of Figaro ended tonight with standing ovations and uproarious applause. The symphony and conductor, Jonathan Darlington, were perfection.
Figaro, played by Daniel Okulitch, was a jolly performance with acting and characterization to go with a voice rich in tone and depth. Susanna, Figaro's bride, played by Nikki Einfeld was sweetness personified with whimsy and charm. Count Almaviva, played by Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, was simply rich with character and a voice that filled the auditorium with all the confusion of his mixed up love for both his wife, the countess and her maid, Susannah.
Countess Almaviva, played by Rosyln Jones was everything and then some. In her voice you could hear tectonic plates moving at the depth of the earth and the celestial spheres dancing in the heavens. She was as divine as Figaro was human.
The huge cast was hilarious in all it's shenanigans and intrigues.
First performed in Vienna in 1786, this opera is ageless today. Human love and mishap is a timeless tale whose joy and sorrow were captured time and again by this thoroughly delightful comic romance.
I loved the English subtitles over the stage. I loved that the audience at intermission were so fashionable as to be a whole other slice of entertainment.