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UMS Concert Program, November 17, 1962: New York City Opera -- Julius Rudel

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Season: Eighty-fourth
Concert: Sixth
Complete Series: 3368
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1962 Eighty-fourth Season 1963
Charles A. Sink, President Gail W. Rector, Executive Director Lester McCoy, Conductor
Sixth Program Eighty-fourth Annual Choral Union Series Complete Series 3368
JULIUS RUDEL, General Director
The Marriage of Figaro
Opera in Four Acts Music by W. A. Mozart
Book by L. da Ponte English version by Ruth and Thomas Martin
Saturday Evening, November 17, 1962, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
CAST (In order of appearance)
Figaro, Servant to the Count......Donald Gramm
Susanna, Countess' maid, Figaro's bride .... Doris Yarick
Marcellina............Jean Kraft
Dr. Bartolo...........Spiro Malas
Cherubino, page to the Count......Joanna Simon
Count Almaviva.........Chester Ludgin
Don Basilio, Music Master......Richard Krause
Countess Almaviva.........Rita Kolacz
Antonio, gardener, uncle of Susanna.....David Smith
Don Curzio, a Judge........Kellis Miller
Barbarina, daughter of Antonio.....Linda Newman
Conducted by Julius Rudel
Staged by Kirk Browning
Scenery by H. A. Condell and Gordon Micunis
The action takes place in the Castle of Count Almaviva, near Seville,
18th Century.
Act I --A Half Furnished Room
Act II --Drawing Room of the Countess
Act III--Scene 1--The Count's Study
Scene 2--Judicial Chamber: Hallway of the Castle Scene 3--Drawing Room of the Countess Scene 4--The Main Hallway of the Castle
Act IV --Park of the Castle
By arrangement with the publishers, G. Schirmer, Inc., New York
The libretto of The Marriage oj Figaro is an adaptation of Beaumar-chais' famous comedy La Folle Journee or Le Mariage de Figaro, a sequel to his Le Barbier de Seville, the play on which Rossini based his cele?brated opera.
Act I. Figaro, now Count Almaviva's valet, is about to marry Susanna, the Countess's maid. He learns that his master is not only in love with Susanna, but intends to exert his feudal right, the ius primae noctis, which he had abolished when he married the Countess. Figaro vows to promote his own wedding and to thwart the Count's designs. Marcellina, former governess of the Countess, wants to marry Figaro. Through Dr. Bartolo, she presses her claim, legally basing it upon a financial debt Figaro owes her. Figaro's plans are unconsciously aided by the page, Cherubino, who has a youthful passion for the Countess. Having been discovered flirting with Barbarina by the Count, Cherubino asks Susanna to arrange for the Countess to intercede and ask the Count not to dismiss him. The Count enters; Cherubino, frightened, hides behind a chair. Basilio, the Count's factotum, arrives; the Count hides behind the same chair. Cherubino, meanwhile, slips undetected into the chair, and Susanna covers him. The Count, however, furiously reveals his presence when Basilio mentions Cherubino's love for the Countess. Cheru?bino, too, is discovered, but, since he has overheard the Count wooing Susanna, the Count grudgingly pardons him but dispatches him on military service.
Act II. The Countess, deserted by the Count, joins forces with Figaro to regain her husband's love. A note is sent to the Count informing him of a rendezvous; the Countess supposedly has a lover. Cherubino is being dressed as a woman for this purpose when the count unexpectedly arrives, hoping to trap his wife. Cherubino, however, escapes through a window.
Act III. Marcellina's "breach of promise" case is decided momen?tarily in her favor until Figaro, through a brand on his arm, establishes his true identity as the illegitimate son of Marcellina and Bartolo. The Count has to agree to the wedding of the two couples.
Act IV. The Countess, disguised as Susanna, meets the Count in the palace garden and receives his declaration of love. Figaro, unaware of the masquerade, plans revenge for Susanna's supposed infidelity. After many misunderstandings and mistaken identities, the Count is forced to beg forgiveness of the Countess, and the plot comes to a happy ending for all concerned.
Company Manager............Catherine Parsons
Music and Staging Staff.......Kurt Saffir, J. Edgar Joseph
Make-up Director............Michael Arshansky
Executive Stage Manager..........Hans Sondheimer
Stage Manager...............JonN Seic
Orchestra Personnel Manager..........Secondo Proto
Wardrobe Mistress............Rebecca Sollish
Wardrobe Master.............Maurice Morgan
General Director..............Julius Rudel
Associate Director.............John S. White
Music Administrator.............Felix Popper
General Press Representative.........Dorfman Associates
NEW YORK CITY OPERA CHORUS: Don Carlo, Paul Corder, Jerry Crawford, Harris Davis, Glenn W. Dowlen, Jr., Beverly Evans, James Fels, Pearle Goldsmith, Helen Guile, Don Henderson, Betsy Hepburn, Lila Herbert, Edson Hoel, Lynda Jordan, Leonore Lanzillotti, Lenora Lowe, Kellis Miller, Donald Morgan, Hanna Owen, Charlotte Povia, John Smith, Lou Ann Wyckoff, Don Yule.
All presentations are at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. HILL AUDITORIUM
"Rigoletto" (Extra Series) .... (2:30) Sunday, November 18 Gerard Souzay, Baritone (C. U. Series) .... Tuesday, January 8 Hamburg Symphony Orchestra (Extra Series) . Wednesday, January 16
Istvan Kertesz, Conductor Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (C. U. Series) . Thursday, February 14
William Steinberg, Conductor Toronto Symphony Orchestra (C. U. Series) . . Tuesday, March 12
Walter Susskind, Conductor; Annie Fischer, Pianist
Birgit Nilsson, Soprano (Extra Series) .... Monday, March 18 San Francisco Ballet (replacing Tokyo Ballet in
the Choral Union Series).......Friday, March 22
Saturday, December 1, at 8:30, and Sunday, December 2, at 2:30
University Choral Union with Guest Soloists
and University Symphony Orchestra
Lester McCoy, Conductor
Special Recital
Artur Rubinstein, Pianist......Thursday, February 7
Tickets: $400--$3.50--$3.00--$2.25--$1.50
Ann Arbor May Festival
Philadelphia Orchestra in six concerts .... May 9, 10, 11, 12 Orders for season tickets accepted beginning December 1.
Special Chamber Music Concert
Chicago Little Symphony .... (2:30) Sunday, December 9 Thor Johnson, Conductor
Symphony No. 83 in G minor, "The Hen" (Haydn) ; The White Peacock, from "Roman Sketches," Op. 7, No. 1 (Griffes) ; Concerto in B-flat major for Harp and Orchestra (Handel) ; Fantasy, Chorale, and Fugue (Wallace Berry) ; Concerto in C major for Oboe and Orchestra (Eichner) ; Odoru Katachi for Percussion and Orchestra (Tircuit) ; Diver?timento in D major, Op. 67 (Graener).
Tickets: $2.50 and $2.00
Chamber Music Festival
Budapest String Quartet . . February 20, 21, 22, 23, & (2:30) 24
Complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets Series Tickets: $10.00 and $7.00; Single Concerts: $3.00 and $2.00
Julian Bream, Guitarist and Lutist . . . (2:30) Sunday, March 31 Tickets on sale January 10 -$2.50 and $2.00
For tickets and information, address: University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower

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