WSU Opera Workshop to Perform During Mom’s Weekend

PULLMAN, Wash. — “The Marriage of Figaro,” one of Mozart’s most beloved
and enduring operatic masterpieces, will be performed April 15 and 16 by the
Washington State University Opera Workshop as a part of Mom’s Weekend

The group, under the direction of Julie Anne Wieck, will present the
fully-staged production at 8 p.m. April 15 and 3 p.m. April 16 in Bryan Hall
Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $3 for students, and will
be available at the door.

First performed in Vienna in 1786, the comic and engaging work chronicles the
hectic and confusing antics that occur in the palace of Count Almaviva on the
day of his servant Figaro’s wedding to Susanna, a maid to the Countess. The
Count has decided to insist on his “droit-du-seigneur,” his right to take
Susanna’s virginity on the night of her wedding. Through a complex and often
hysterical course of events involving cheating husbands, surprising secrets
and mistaken identities, marital virtue emerges victorious.

The cast features two seniors, Michael Kirkpatrick as Figaro and Kristofer
Barber as Count Almaviva, both of whom will be attending graduate schools in
vocal performance in the fall. As their female counterparts, Stephanie
Washington Kuffel will sing the role of Susanna and Elizabeth Delaney will
appear as Countess Almaviva.

Other leading roles will be sung by Lacey Hammer as Cherubino, Brianna
Kramer as Marcellina, Andrew Mielke as Basilio, Justin Smith as Bartolo, Mark
Hansen as Antonio, Devon Earls as Barbarina and J. Paul Cannon as Don
Curzio. They will be joined on stage by chorus members Hsiao-Ling Lo,
Heather Montgomery, Jennifer Palmason, Beth Ruark, Jessica Abbott, Jennifer
Bailey, Deanne Finney, Teresa Lewis, Allyson Walden, Tony Rosetti, Zac Van
Brunt and Byran Werry.

The WSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keating Johnson, will perform
the score.