Arts Preview: The Figaro Project at Ohio State

Jim Fischer

Pierre Beaumarchais, an 18th-century French playwright, wrote a trilogy of works chronicling the life of the irrepressible Figaro, the first two of which, "The Barber of Seville" and "The Marriage of Figaro," served as the basis for some of the great pieces in operatic literature. This program combines pieces of works by Rossini, Paisiello, Mozart and Milhaud, with scenes from a brand-new work by Lawrence Rush and Ohio State University professor and "The Figaro Project" director A. Scott Parry.

"It's a wonderful story," Parry said of "The Guilty Mother," the third Beaumarchais title. "For those who love these characters, from those first two stories which are now ubiquitous in the world of opera, I thought we ought to at least finish the story."

In addition to providing a beginning-to-end, if not comprehensive, tale of Figaro's adventures, "The Figaro Project" also offers Parry's students a multi-faceted program that teaches them standard operatic repertoire and also the experience of presenting a premiere work for which there is no past context.

"Operatic cross training," Parry said.

The black box-style production will feature the audience seated on the Mershon Auditorium stage. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to ensure proper seating.

Mershon Auditorium

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24

1871 N. High St., Campus