|Maresta Returns To U of M To Direct The Marriage Of Figaro
For release: Nov. 8, 2006
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Giovanna Maresta, assistant director at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy returns to the U.S. for the University of Memphis Opera production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The opera is scheduled for December 1 and 2, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. (Central) in Harris Concert Hall (3775 Central Avenue). Maresta’s second engagement at the U of M follows her production of Don Giovanni in April 2006.
The Marriage of Figaro is the tale of two servants, Figaro and Susanna. They are about to be married, but their master has an eye on the bride. The result is an upstairs-downstairs tale of love, lies and laughter.
Maresta specializes in opera buffa or comic opera, and is a master of the Italian genre. According to Mark Ensley, conductor for the production and Director of Opera Activities at the School, “When you are performing an Italian opera, it is priceless to have a native speaker coaching the recitative. Having worked with Giovanna will give our students an edge when they go into professional opera.” He adds, “The production looks terrific at this point, and to make it even more beautiful, our costumes are coming from Milan.”
After studies at the University of Milan and the Paolo Grassi School, Giovanna Maresta began her career working as assistant stage director with Lamberto Puggelli at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. Since 1988, she has staged scores of productions at Teatro alla Scala. In addition, she has worked in venues throughout Italy, Europe and Japan.
For tickets and information, please call 901.678.5400 or visit music.memphis.edu.
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