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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18

Marriage of Figaro production marks 20th anniversary for UNM Opera Theatre, Tyler

UNM Opera Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with a  production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, a joint production of the UNM Theatre and Dance Department April 24-26 and May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. at Rodey Theatre.

The opera is directed by Marilyn Tyler, who is celebrating her 20th year as director of UNM Opera Studies.

Also featured is Jorge Perez-Gomez, music director. Set design is by Richard Hess and choreography is by Judith Chazin-Bennahum. Costumes were supplied by the Santa Fe Opera. 

The music will be performed by the UNM Opera Orchestra. The cast includes students, faculty, and alumni. The opera is multi-cast and the six performances will be rotated to accommodate the maximum number of students to perform major roles. It will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles.

The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most beloved works in the history of music and features some of Mozart’s finest. Based on the sophisticated stage comedy of the same name by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, it is a story of nobles and commoners, disguised lovers and crossed destinies in which love conquers all.

Tickets are $10 general, $8 seniors/UNM faculty and staff, $6 students and children. Tickets are available at the UNM Ticket Office, 925-5858, at tickets.com outlets or online at tickets.com.

The closing performance May 4 includes a champagne brunch at University House to honor Tyler for her leadership of the Opera Program. Tickets are $25 and include the brunch and performance. 

An internationally acclaimed opera artist, Tyler joined UNM’s music faculty in 1983 as director of opera studies. As a soloist, she performed under the baton of many of the world’s leading conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti and Erich Leinsdorf. She has performed with a number of major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Concertgebouw, and the New York Philharmonic.

Under Tyler’s leadership, UNM’s Opera Theatre has been the recipient of three National Opera Association Awards.