Syracuse Opera Closes Season with a Wedding

Syracuse Opera invites Central New York audiences to the wedding of the century – the 18th century that is – when it closes its 2012-2013 mainstage opera season with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Theater in downtown Syracuse.

The Marriage of Figaro will be sung in Italian (“Le nozze di Figaro”) with projected English titles and feature the Syracuse Opera Chorus and musicians of Symphoria.

This production also serves as the cornerstone event of the CNY Mozart Festival that includes:

  • a wedding-themed, “Love and Marriage” exhibit running now through July 28 at the Onondaga Historical Association Museum in downtown Syracuse 

  • “Figaro & Susanna’s Engagement Party” thrown by The Events Company and The Wedding Studio at 224 Harrison on Friday, April 12 at the Genesee Grande Hotel to benefit Syracuse Opera

  • a special concert by the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music in conjunction with Syracuse University featuring the Harlem String Quartet on Friday, April 19 at Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, Syracuse University 

Douglas Kinney Frost, Syracuse Opera’s director of music will conduct saying that Syracuse Opera has managed to assemble his “dream cast” for this production.

Frost states, "The Marriage of Figaro is widely known among music scholars to be Mozart’s ‘perfect opera,’ and this production will star several of Syracuse Opera’s favorite artists in leading roles. I guarantee this charming farce will have you cheering from your seats and grinning from ear to ear.”

Marc Astafan, who recently directed Syracuse Opera’s production of “Tosca” in October, returns as stage director. Making his Syracuse Opera debut in the title role is bass-baritone Thomas Forde. Forde recently spent two seasons at Opera Zurich and made his Rome Opera debut during the 2012-2013 season.

Returning in leading roles are Syracuse Opera audience favorites including soprano Amanda Pabyan as Figaro’s fiancée, Susanna, soprano Danielle Pastin as the Countess Almaviva, baritone Corey McKern as the Count Almaviva, tenor Neal Ferreira in the dual roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio, baritone John Rozzoni as Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Roderer as Marcellina.

Rounding out the principal cast are mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts, baritone Timothy Lafontaine and soprano Julia Grella O’Connell making their Syracuse Opera debuts as Cherubino, Dr. Bartolo, and Barbarina, respectively.

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” overflows with popular melodies, emotional arias, and ingenious, often uproarious ensembles, and this Syracuse Opera production promises to be the wedding of the year!

Tickets start at $18 and are available by calling the Syracuse Opera box office at (315) 476-7372 or online at

Posted On: March 28, 2013
Listed As: Events in CNY