Marriage of Figaro at NYCO
Last night I saw Mozart's Marriage of Figaro -- for the first time! Shame on me -- at the New York City Opera with my friend Ric Comacho. It was also the first time I'd attended NYCO performance at the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center, although long ago I'd seen the company on tour in Los Angeles. Ric made some approving comments about the demotic atmosphere at the State Theater compared to the Metropolitan Opera across the plaza. He called the company the People's Opera.
I thought the traditionally staged Figaro was nicely cast with young and attractive singers who were physically believable in their roles. The standout performer was Nicolle Foland, who sang the Countess Almaviva and who was the only one of the singers I'd seen before (back in San Francisco). She portrayed the much put-upon Countess
in a resigned, dignified, and ultimately moving fashion. Foland would make a superb Marschallin.
(Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Opera and Minnesota Public Radio.)