People of Northwest Public Radio
Music + Culture
Tue May 1, 2012
Yakima Symphony's First Full Opera Production Is A Success
Audiences warmly received the Yakima Symphony Orchestra's first fully-staged opera production, The Marriage of Figaro. Directed by Kenneth Cox, undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music gave a dynamic performance of Mozart's comic opera to many rounds of applause and standing ovations.
The students gave four performances of the opera in Denver before heading to Yakima for their first on-the-road experience on April 28th at the Capitol Theater. They rolled into town with costumes, sets, wigs and a harpsichordist. The cast was joined on stage by members of the Yakima Symphony Chorus.
The Marriage of Figaro is number 5 on the list of the most-performed operas. And when you listen to the charming, upbeat music with very recognizable melodies, you'll understand why its popularity has never waned.
Some of the Yakima audience members had never been to an opera before that evening, but from their enthusiastic response to the cast, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and conductor Lawrence Golan, it probably won't be their last evening at the opera.