CCM Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw.

CCM Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw.

CCM’s Opera d’arte Series proudly presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s timeless opera buffa Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) from Feb. 22-24 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Under the guidance of conductor Brett Scott and stage director Kenneth Shaw, talented undergraduate opera students will present this favorite of the classical opera repertoire with a unique 1960s-inspired aesthetic. Tickets to this production are free and become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Reservations are required.

Mozart wrote this comic opera in Vienna in 1786, basing the work on a play by the French writer Pierre Beaumarchais. “Figaro was the first collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte,“ Shaw explains, “and for their source material they chose Beaumarchais’ controversial La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro), the second part of a trilogy that began with Le Barbier de Séville (later the basis for the Rossini opera of the same name). Figaro the play was censored in Beaumarchais’ native France over concerns about its ‘subversive’ plot, which depicts the efforts of a Spanish nobleman, Count Almaviva, to seduce Suzanne, a beautiful young servant of his wife, only to be thwarted and humiliated by his wife, the Countess Rosina, working in concert with the Count’s servant, Figaro, who is also Suzanne’s fiancée.”

Shaw continues, “To the French nobility of the time, Figaro was seen as condoning class conflict, but Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte managed to allay any concerns on the part of their patron, the Hapsburg Emperor Joseph II, by transforming the story into a light comedy.”

CCM’s production will underscore some of the story’s original political threads, which Mozart veiled with comedy. According to Shaw, “While it is impossible to fully avoid Mozart’s intentions to lighten the subject matter, in this production we highlight the more serious and complex nature of the relationships involved. It is the human experience to feel backed into a corner, as it were, by fear betrayal, loneliness, misunderstanding – this list is infinite.  It is how we choose to step away from that corner – to step up, to step out of the conflict – that defines our character. By setting the opera in a 1960s aesthetic (akin to television’s Mad Men), I hope our audience might more closely relate to those issues.”

The Marriage of Figaro will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets
Admission to The Marriage of Figaro is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

For Box Office hours and additional information, please visit

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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