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The Marriage of Figaro

Jan. 13 -  Jan. 28, 2023

Bring on the Shenanigans

Few operas have as much comedic energy as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage’s production of the boisterous rom-com, first staged by HGO in 2016, re-sets the class-conscious comedy in late ‘60s Francoist Spain. Full of bright colors and costumes evoking the Moroccan influence on Muslim Spain, the vibrant production synthesizes transcendent music and lively performances into an unforgettable evening at the opera. Its large cast is led by bass Nahuel Di Pierro as the titular Figaro, a working-class man set to marry the beautiful Susanna despite the meddling of their employer, a married Count who would rather have the beauty for himself. The role of Susanna is performed by soprano Elena Villalón in her first return to the company after completing her training with the HGO Studio. Renowned bass-baritone Adam Plachetka portrays the Count, with beloved soprano Nicole Heaston, an HGO Studio alumna and company favorite, as his wife. Ian Rutherford directs the celebrated production’s revival, with HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers conducting.

A co-production with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    3 Hours 26 Minutes. Includes 1 intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in Italian with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

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Nahuel di Pierro


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Elena Villalón


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Nicole Heaston

Countess Almaviva

Adam Plachetka 

Count Almaviva


Lauren Snouffer



Patrick Carfizzi  

Doctor Bartolo

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Marie Lenormand


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Steven Cole 

Don Basilio

Eric Taylor BW
Eric Taylor

Don Curzio

Navasard Hakobyan


Creative Team
Patrick Summers BW
Patrick Summers


Michael Grandage 

Original Director

Ian Rutherford 

Revival Director

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Christopher Oram 

Set and Costume Designer

Paule Constable 

Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark 

Associate Lighting Designer

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Ben Wright 


Richard Bado BW
Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

A moment with the Maestro

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

“There is no more life-affirming work than Mozart’s greatest opera because he constantly reminds us, always humorously, of the life’s most important things: love, honesty, forgiveness, and never forgetting effervescent joy. To conduct it for my home company with such an ebullient cast is a huge thrill.”

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  • The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

  • The Robert and Jane Cizik Foundation

  • Houston Methodist

Grand Underwriter
  • Connie Dyer

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