Kyle Masson leads a four-part online workshop in a lead-up to The Princeton Festival’s streaming of Le Nozze di Figaro on June 14, 2020.
The workshop videos will be posted online in four stages, beginning Tuesday, June 9 and ending Friday, June 12.
After a brief background on the opera, this session delves into the main plot lines and reveals how efficiently the text and music of this opera works to tell the story.
The wily servant Figaro’s aria “Se vuol Ballard” and the Countess’s “Porgi amor” anchor our exploration of key aspects of characterization in the opera.
Digging into the Act 2 Finale of the opera, we explore the cultural conditions that prompted this necessary opera buffa, and how da Ponte and Mozart responded to them.
Finally, the workshop looks at the beautiful music in this opera through the lens of the pastoral. How and when does Mozart inject beautiful music into this most comic of operas?
Kyle Masson is a singer and doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology at Princeton University. From 2013-2015, Kyle was Associate Director and then Director of the Education and Outreach Team, Castleton Opera Festival in Virginia.