UMSL slims down Mozart classic

UMSL student Lauren Weber portrays Susanna in UMSL Opera Theatre’s production “The Marriage of Figaro – Sliced & Diced” at the Touhill.

Does your heart burn for a Mozart opera without all the trimmings? Do you find all the recitatives just a bit too much to digest?

Then join the University of Missouri–St. Louis Opera Theatre as they dish up a deliciously slenderized evening of one of opera’s tastiest morsels, “The Marriage of Figaro.” The comic opera classic is about a count, a countess, their two soon-to-be married servants and the count’s efforts to delay the wedding in his lust for the bride-to-be.

UMSL’s rendition, “The Marriage of Figaro – Sliced & Diced,” begins at 7:30 p.m. March 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. March 13 in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater in the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. A preshow talk will be given at 2 p.m. March 13. The performances are free and open to the public.

“The Marriage of Figaro – Sliced & Diced” is directed by Stella Markou, director of vocal studies at UMSL. She has sung throughout the world and locally with the Ambassadors of Harmony and Arianna String Quartet. She has performed roles from “Die Zauberflote,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “The Mikado.”

The Touhill is on the North Campus at UMSL, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121).

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