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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-10

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The Marriage of Figaro  Unwrapped - A free, hour ong taster!

SCOTTISH Opera's hit production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, is coming to Liverpool's Empire Theatre for 2 performances only, on 5 January and 7 January 2017. In addition, the company are offering a FREE event that gives an insight into the show and how it was created.

The Marriage of Figaro features beautiful period designs by Simon Higlett, providing the backdrop to this timeless comedy of social revolution and change.

The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of Count Almaviva; a once charming, he has become a scheming bully who spends his days pestering the serving girls. Figaro, his head of staff, is engaged to Susanna, but Almaviva has a particular soft spot for her and is doing everything he can to delay their wedding?

The role of Figaro is performed by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAteer (The Devil Inside 2016) and he is joined by Lucy Hall as Susanna and Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson as Count Almaviva. The exciting cast is conducted by Timothy Burke.

Whether you're new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at:- 'The Marriage of Figaro - Unwrapped', a 'free' hour long taster from Scottish Opera, on 6 January 2017, at 6pm.

Presented from the stage by Assistant Director Rebecca Hanbury, The Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped features:- singers, back stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You'll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You'll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production.

Assistant Director, Rebecca Hanbury, said:- "After an acclaimed tour around Scotland, it is exciting for the team to take The Marriage of Figaro to new audiences in Liverpool. Alongside the show, we are bringing our 'Unwrapped' performance which takes you behind the scenes of the show. See how our crew achieves huge scene changes in a matter of minutes, meet the team that makes the beautiful costumes, hear our conductor deconstruct the score, and watch the cover cast perform some of the most exquisite moments of the opera."

Tickets for the Unwrapped event are free, but need to be booked in advance. To book, visit the Empire's Box Office, call:- 0844 871 3017 or visit:-


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