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Arts / Entertainment

Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

October 30, 2010

Family-friendly, fully staged productions of Mozart's opera, 'Le Nozze di Figaro,' will be performed by CSU's Opera Theatre, Oct. 29-Nov. 6. The story, a comedy of errors involving love, trickery, and silly plots, is accessible to youth and first-time opera attendees.

Le Nozze di Figaro is full of beautiful melodies and hilarious comedy — punctuated by scenes of people hiding behind furniture and characters in disguise.

Colorado State Opera Theatre, with the CSU Opera Orchestra, presents a fully staged production of W.A. Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro.

Performances are scheduled for  Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. All performances take place in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St.


  • $20/public
  • $10/Colorado State students
  • $1 for youth ages 2 to 17

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at 970-491-2787, or online. 

Love, trickery, and silliness

CSU vocal and orchestral students combine to perform one of Mozart’s most popular works. Performed in the typical opera buffa (opera comedy) style, the beautifully melodic Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), is a comedy of errors, involving love, trickery, and silly plots of all kinds.

“My objective is to make this opera as funny as possible,” said CSU opera director Gregory Brooks. “I want people to realize opera can be funny, and is not serious all the time.” 

The opera, set in 18th Century Seville, is performed with traditional costumes and scenery. Conducted by Wes Kenney, the production is in Italian with English super-titles, making this family-friendly performance easily accessible to youth and first-time opera attendees. 

About CSU Opera Theatre

Colorado State Opera Theatre (CSOT) performs a variety of operatic repertoire, ranging from fully staged operas with orchestra, musicals, one-act operas, and opera scenes spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras.

Past presentations include: Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, Benjamin Brittin’s The Rape of Lucretia, Verdi’s Falstaff, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Collaborations with Opera Fort Collins

Each spring CSOT collaborates with Opera Fort Collins and renowned guest artists, performing grand operas in concert format such as Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Turandot, and Verdi’s Il Trovatore and La Traviata.

Auditions for CSOT are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to all CSU students. 

More information

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603