Access Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
Austin Opera’s 2021–2022 Season opens at the Long Center in November with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. This inventive and stylish period production from Lyric Opera of Kansas City tells an upstairs/downstairs story of love, lust, seduction, infidelity, and—ultimately—forgiveness, all set to some of the most sublime and memorable music ever written.
Go to https://austinopera.org/education/access-opera/ to make a reservation for ACCESS OPERA: The Marriage of Figaro final dress rehearsal and to read more about our updated safety protocols for all attendees.
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access opera: the marriage of figaro curriculum
Austin Opera’s Access Opera: The Marriage of Figaro curriculum is an innovative multi-media based unit, complete with TEKS aligned lessons, activities, assessments and video excerpts. This curriculum is designed so you can teach The Marriage of Figaro in the time frame that works best for you and your students. Designate an entire class period and share the complete lesson using the accompanying PowerPoint. Teach it in chunks. Include activities in your favorite blended learning model.
- Day 1 – Background (composer info, synopsis) and first listen of featured music selection
- Day 2 – Listen a 2nd time, including suggested activities/assessments from the lesson in a station rotation or playlist.
- Day 3 & beyond – Listen to some of the alternate versions; try a new activity/assessment; explore SEL connection; review Audience Etiquette materials
about the opera
Short synopsis and commentary on The Marriage of Figaro
NPR: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro article
The Marriage of Figaro – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marriage_of_Figaro
In a Nutshell | The Marriage of Figaro https://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/the-marriage-of-figaro-in-a-nutshell/
Kiddle.co | The Marriage of Figaro – basic facts for Kids
Classic fM | Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro: A Beginner’s Guide
Academic Kids Encyclopedia | The Marriage of Figaro
The Kennedy Center | Mozart’s comic masterpiece comes to life through enchanting music and absurd mix-ups – A nice collection of print and video information about the opera, The Marriage of Figaro.
about the composer
Britannica | Biography of Mozart
Google Arts & Culture | Assisted Melody –
about austin opera's production
PERFORMANCE NOTES for The Marriage of Figaro
- Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
- Text based on Beaumarchais
- In Italian with projected English titles
- Sets and costumes owned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
- An opera in 4 acts
- Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes in length with one 25-minute intermission
Go to https://austinopera.org/opera/the-marriage-of-figaro/ and click on the CAST & PRODUCTION tab to learn more about the cast and production team.
Wiener Symphoniker – great video with close ups of orchestra and instruments.
Antonio Pappano conducts The Royal Opera House Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Barenboim conducts the East-West Divan Orchestra
The Underground Youth Orchestra, conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Organ Solo – a glorious video performed and arranged by Jonathan Scott
A GREAT way to show how the various keyboards (including the feet) play different parts, originally performed by instruments in the orchestra.
Bar graph animated score
Boston Cello Quartet
Marimba Ensemble “Nagoya”
Nicolas Baldeyrou and friends play on period instruments
Audio – U.S. Army Brass Band
Lonestar Wind Ensemble French Horn Quartet
Northwest Clarinet Choir
Double Bass excerpt
Guitar – Daniel Coughlin
Violin Duet – Duo Divites
What is Sonata form? | The Marriage of Figaro: “Overture”
Classics for Kids | Mozart’s Operas – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his first opera when he was twelve, and opera continued to fascinate him throughout his life. Mozart had such genius for combining music and theater that he took opera to a whole new level. No other composer from Mozart’s day still has so many operas performed all over the world.
FreeSchool Radio recording – The Marriage of Figaro: “Overture”
Baby Opera | The Marriage of Figaro – featuring a 30 second excerpt from the “Overture”
Characters You need to Know | The Marriage of Figaro – a one minute introduction to the main characters in the story, accompanied by music from the “Overture.”
Setting the Scene: Le nozze di Figaro
The Figaro Synopsis in 10 seconds
The Salzburg Marionette Theatre presents The Marriage of Figaro – Pick an excerpt to view from this clever condensed version of the opera with great narration and puppetry. Here are a few popular musical numbers:
2:18 – “Cinque..dieci..venti” – Figaro and Susanna duet
18:56 – “Non so piu” – Cherubino aria
36:48 – “Voi che sapete” – Cherubino aria
Opera Shorts |The Marriage of Figaro: “Overture” – created by students at the Kingston School of Art with the Royal Opera House.
Act 1 with score
Teaching With ORFF | The Marriage of Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro Study Guides
Boston Lyric Opera
Gradesaver.com | The Marriage of Figaro