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The Marriage of Figaro

Friday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 10

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Some of the greatest drama happens at Italian weddings--case in point, The Godfather. But long before Vito Corleone, the godfather of Italian wedding drama was Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. First performed at Vienna's Burgtheater in 1786, this opera is a true classic, and you can experience all its chicanery and humor writ large when Opera Idaho presents Le nozze de Figaro (sung in Italian) Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Opera Idaho principal conductor and artistic adviser Steven Crawford and guest director David Cox have reunited after last season's Fallstaff, along with perennial favorite Jason Detwiler as Il Conte di Almaviva; Diana McVey as La Contessa di Almaviva; Austin Kness as the count's valet, Figaro; Susannah Biller as Susanna, the countess' maid and Figaro's intended; and more.

It's a classic comedy of errors as we witness Figaro and Susanna fight seemingly insurmountable odds in their quest to be wed, as the count, who always desired Susanna, makes a last-ditch attempt to compromise her virtue before her wedding; and Figaro, learning of the count's plans, does everything in his power to thwart his superior and take his true love's hand in marriage.