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Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Opens May 2

The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is one of the most performed operas in the world and appeals to both the opera lover and the first time opera-goer. This uproarious tale of class warfare has no shortage of scandal, revenge, affairs, plot twists, and general mayhem. Central Washington University’s hilarious and exciting production will be fully staged and presented in English.

“This is comedy. It’s something everyone can relate to,” said Gayla Blaisdell, director and CWU professor of voice and opera.

CWU’s award-winning Opera Ensemble will perform in avant-garde rococo costumes on an abstract set, giving a unique spin to the 18th century opera. The production will be performed in collaboration with the CWU Chamber Orchestra directed by Nikolas Caoile, director of orchestras.

The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on May 2, and at 2:00 p.m. on May 3 in the McIntyre Music Building.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to Tickets may also be purchased by calling 509-963-1429, or in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.

Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residence hall lots and in specifically designated spaces.

The CWU Opera Ensemble will also be performing The Marriage of Figaro at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Washington at 7:00 p.m. on May 9, and at 2:00 p.m., May 10. Visit: for ticket information for the Icicle Creek performances.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,