Complete Series: 3216
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
Charles A. Sink, President Lester McCoy, Conductor Gail W. Rector, Executive Director
First Concert 1957-1958 Complete Series 3216
Extra Concert Series
THE NBC OPERA COMPANY in
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Sunday Evening, October 6, 1957, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Count Almaviva.........Walter Cassel
Countess Almaviva.......Marguerite Willauer
Susanna, the Countess' maid......Judith Raskin
Figaro, the Count's valet........Mac Morgan
Cherubino, the Count's page......Regina Sarfaty
Marcellina, an aged dame........Ruth Kobart
Basilio, a music master........Luigi Velucci
Don Curzio, a judge........Fred Cushman
Bartolo, a doctor..........Emile Renan
Antonio, a gardener--Susanna's uncle .... Eugene Green
Barbarina, his daughter........Berte Goapere
Country men and women, court attendants, hunters, and servants. (Cast subject to change)
Conductor and Stage Director: Peter Herman Adler
Baldwin piano courtesy of Maddy Music Company, Ann Arbor.
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by daPonte
Based on a comedy by Beaumarchais
English version: Edward Eager
Producer: Samuel Chotzinoff
Musk and Artistic Director: Peter Herman Adler
General Manager: Chandler Cowles
Costumes: Alvin Colt
The action takes place in the castle and grounds of the Count and Countess Almaviva, near Seville.
Count Almaviva, grown faithless to his Rosina after some years of marriage, has cast a roving eye upon her maid, Susanna, the bride-to-be of his valet, Figaro; while the Count's page, young Cherubino, has fallen in love, if you please, with the Countess herself. To confuse matters further, old Dr. Bartolo, who bears a grudge against Figaro, plots with the aged Marcellina to compel Figaro to marry her. The Count solves his dilemma, or so he thinks, by ordering Cherubino into the army and the first scene ends as Figaro laughingly sings to the page that henceforth he will have weary marching in place of tender love-making.
The resourceful Figaro suggests to the Countess a way to recapture her husband's affection--make him jealous by letting him discover a note ar?ranging a rendezvous. Susanna shall go in her place and Cherubino, dressed as Susanna, to meet the Count. Now Cherubino enters to say farewell and the women, continuing with the plot, proceed to dress him in Susanna's garments. But here is the Count, angrily knocking at the door. Cherubino scurries into a closet . . . the Countess refuses to open the closet-door . . . the Count hurries to fetch a crow-bar . . . quickly Cherubino emerges and leaps out the window. When the Count returns, it is Susanna who steps out of the closet. The day is saved, but not for Figaro, for now Marcellina enters with her lawyer and demands that he shall keep an old promise to marry her.
The plot thickens! Count Almaviva plans to force Susanna to accept his attentions by threatening to make Figaro wed the aged Marcellina; and Susanna, wishing to further the plans of her mistress, seems to surrender. Marcellina, her lawyer, the Count and Bartolo all come to tell Figaro he
must marry as he has promised, or pay damages. But lo! Figaro has a birth?mark upon his right arm and by it Marcellina knows him to be her long-lost son! Mother and son embrace and at last Susanna and Figaro can be wed. But first Susanna writes a letter to the Count, at the Countess' dictation, fixing the time and place of their rendezvous, and manages to slip it to him during the ceremony.
Figaro believes that his bride, Susanna, is actually faithless and intends to yield to the Count that very evening so he conceals himself in the garden just as the Countess and Susanna enter, Susanna dressed as the Countess, and the Countess as her maid. Cherubino comes in, having an appointment with Barbarina and seeing the supposed Susanna attempts to kiss her. The Count arrives just in time to see this and stepping between them unexpected?ly receives the kiss himself, and administers a sound box on the ear to Cherubino who flees. He then proceeds to make ardent love to "Susanna." Figaro has observed this from his hiding place and is wild with fury. Un?expectedly he meets the real Susanna, impersonating the Countess, and tries to awaken her jealousy by telling her of her "husband's" conduct. Susanna, however, reveals herself and the Count, seeing Figaro apparently embracing the Countess, promptly forgets the supposed Susanna and throws himself upon Figaro. Explanations follow, and the Count, perceiving himself out?witted, begs his wife's forgiveness. All ends in universal rejoicing.
THE NBC OPERA COMPANY
The NBC Opera Company, sponsored by RCA and NBC, is the boldest and most important development in the field of opera in many decades. In its eight-year history, the NBC TV Opera Theatre had been acclaimed by press and public alike. It was in response to demand from all over the country that Brigadier General David Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board of RCA, two years ago announced plans for an annual national tour. The interest aroused in the press, the world of music, and the general public quickly resulted in a sold-out tour.
From the NBC Television Opera Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, and the concert and opera stages across the land a company of ninety-six has been recruited to form an ensemble of performers who can act as well as sing. The special qualities of this company, offering opera in English, were developed by NBC producer, Samuel Chotzinoff, and Peter Herman Adler, the music and artistic director, who first got together in 1949 to discuss the possibility of TV opera in English. Now, eight years later, more than forty highly successful productions have been given to millions of viewers, over a network that has grown from 15 to 100 stations.
Baldwin is the official piano of The NBC Opera Company
1957 UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY CONCERTS 1958
Seventy-ninth Annual Choral Union Series
Boston Symphony Orchestra .... Thursday, October 17 Charles Munch, Conductor
Symphony in G minor..........Mozart
Ballet, "Jeu de cartes".........Stravinsky
Symphony No. 4............Brahms
Yehudi Menuhin, Violinist.....Tuesday, October 29
The Cleveland Orchestra.....Sunday, November 10
George Szell, Conductor
William Warfield, Baritone .... Tuesday, November 26 Detroit Symphony Orchestra .... Monday, February 17
Paul Paray, Conductor
Obernkirchen Children's Choir . . . Tuesday, February 25 Chicago Symphony Orchestra.....Sunday, March 2
Fritz Reiner, Conductor
Myra Hess, Pianist........Saturday, March 8
Vienna on Parade........Wednesday, April 2
Capt. Julius Herrmann, Conductor
Single Concerts: $3.50--$3.00--$2.50--$2.00--$1.50
Twelfth Annual Extra Concert Series
Florence Festival Orchestra .... Thursday, October 24 Carlo Zecchi, Conductor
Rudolf Serkin, Pianist......Friday, November IS
Vienna Choir Boys (2:30 p.m.) .... Sunday, January 12 Mantovani and his New Music .... Tuesday, March 11
Single Concerts: $3.50--$3.00--$2.50--$2.00--$1.50
Annual Christmas Concerts
Messiah (Handel)......December 7 and 8, 1957
Adele Addison, Soprano Paul Matthen, Bass
Eunice Alberts, Contralto Choral Union and Orchestra
Harold Haugh, Tenor Lester McCoy, Conductor
Tickets: 75c and 50c (either concert). On sale beginning October 15.
Eighteenth Annual Chamber Music Festival
Budapest String Quartet .... February 21, 22, 23, 1958 Joseph Roisman, First Violin Boris Kroyt, Viola
Alexander Schneider, Second Violin Mischa Schneider, Violoncello Assisted by Robert Courte, Viola
Season Tickets: $3.50 and $2.50.
For tickets or information, address: University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower.