Opening night for opera

Mandi Elrod

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Art has many forms, and can be expressed in many different ways. On Friday night, in Akin auditorium, the department of music expressed their love of art through a showing of “The marriage of Figaro,” an opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The play opened with a beautiful solo piano piece, as Emily Clements, the actress playing Susanna, walked out on stage. As she opened up and began to sing, the entire audience gasped in admiration at the power in her voice. She begins to speak to her fiancé of her fear of the count, played by Billy Brasfield, who has been after her hand for a long time. Figaro, played by Zachary Brasfield, then tells her that everything would be okay, when in fact he’s clouded with his own secret. Marcellina, played by Alexis Goodman, the governess and housekeeper at the castle, has hopes of marrying Figaro, and he is in debt to her. He has promised to marry her if he doesn’t pay off his debt, and Susanna has no idea.

“When I showed up to see the opera, I knew that I would be getting a great experience from it, and I did,” Heather Nix, freshman in marketing said. “I can’t imagine ever being able to sing like they did, and I found it to be beautiful and crazy that they could carry their voices so high. There was so much drama already in the first scene, and i was literally shocked all the way through.”

By the end of the show, Susanna tries proving to her husband that the count was up to no good, and dresses up as the countess, and proceeds to convince him of such. Figaro figures out who she is when she forgets to change her voice, and teases her by “flirting” with the countess. She then becomes angry as they are caught in an embrace by the count, who calls the cast out to the stage to witness what is happening. The real countess emerges from the sidelines just in time to save the day. The count then realizes his wrongdoings, and asks for forgiveness. The play then ends in merriment at the newfound friendship.

“I was personally shocked by the ending,” Meghan Olsen, freshman in nursing said. “I knew that there was conflict all throughout the play, so when the hatred ended so suddenly I didn’t know how to take it.”

It was a great representation of Mozart’s opera, and very well worth the time it took to see it. The staff really did a fantastic job of transporting the audience to a time when romance and conflict were best portrayed.

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