The Bryan College Fine and Performing Arts Department recently completed a weekend showing of The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte. The traditionally Italian opera was performed in English under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Keck. Dr. Vaughn Cardona served as the orchestra conductor.
The opera tells the story of servants Figaro and Susanna and their attempts to marry, despite the attempts of their philandering employer, Count Almaviva. Isaac Mullet (‘20) and Rebekah Runner (‘19) played the roles of Figaro and Susanna, respectively. William Darby played the role of Count Almaviva, with Alexis Reese (‘19) in the supporting role of his wife, the Countess Almaviva.
A continuation of The Barber of Seville, the 18th century opera is based on a stage comedy written by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais known as La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (“The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”). The show takes a playful romp through a day of misadventures and deception as the two servants work to foil the Count’s attempts to woo Susanna.
Reflecting on the experience of playing Susanna, Runner commented that the character was “delightful to play because she is smart and very emotional… Her love for Figaro is her constant source of joy and protection throughout the opera, which was a fun character trait to explore”.
When asked about a fond memory from the performance, she said:
I think one of my favorite parts of the opera was the times when I got to “beat up” Figaro (played by Isaac Mullet). Any kind of stage fighting has to be carefully choreographed so that is looks real from the audience’s perspective and yet causes no harm to the actors. Isaac and I spent a lot of time working on the sections of the show when I would slap or hit him. Our hard work paid off when the audience reacted to it with such big gasps!
Congratulations to the Fine Arts Department on another wonderful performance!
For more information about Bryan’s Fine Arts Departments and for information about future performances, visit www.bryan.edu/life-at-bryan/performing-arts-season/ .