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The Marriage of Figaro - Munro Martin Parklands

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by Kirsten Lovett (subscribe)
This article was brought to you by Kirsten Lovett, a freelance writer living and working in Cairns Australia.
A Perfect Marriage of Angelic Voices and Elaborate Costumes

Opera is often considered elite and inaccessible, something best enjoyed by people who are cultured and wealthy. However, in the case of Opera Queensland's production of The Marriage of Figaro opera is an entertaining and often laugh-out-loud spectacle to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Taking place in the outdoor theatre at Munro Martin Parklands the show had an almost festival atmosphere as food and wine stalls were set up just inside the gate. The performance itself was engrossing. Lavish costumes contrasted with a clever minimalist set. While the performers' elaborate period costumes commanded attention, it was truly the singers' voices that stole the show (as is to be expected). Suzanne Shakespeare was enchanting in the lead role of Susanna. As for the others, it's difficult to single any one performer out in such a stellar cast. Truly an ensemble performance.

Munro Martin Parklands Stage
Outdoor Stage at Munro Martin Parklands

It was not only the professionals who shone, however. A chorus of local children also took part in the production. Gorgeously costumed they held their own singing onstage with their older cast mates and added festive colour to the background of scenes.

For anyone who has never been to an Opera The Marriage of Figaro would be an excellent introduction. With the lyrics translated into English, the humour is accessible and the casts' voices are superb.

Marriage of Figaro Childrens Chorus
Childrens Chorus

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Why? Opera Australia touring regionally!
When: July 29th, 2017
Where: Munro Martin Parklands
Cost: $42
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