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The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze Di Figaro) is a hilarious opera first composed by Mozart in 1786, but the performance at Weber State University March 23-25 far surpasses anything performed before at Weber State.

The school performed the Opera in the original Italian but luckily for those who didn’t know Italian, they had screen in the front of the small auditorium to play the words in English. “I think having that authenticity is what opera culture is about because we are keeping these stories alive from these brilliant composers and I think language is such a huge part of that,” said lead actress Karllen McDonald Johnson who played the part of Susanna on her opinion of having the original Italian.

The story follows two young couples named Figaro played by Dugan Brunker and Susanna and the troubles the face on the way to their wedding day. The Count Almaviva, played by Timothy Coral Mair, wants to marry Susanna himself but is married to the Countess Almaviva, played by Sarah Singer, the story follows the three as they trick the Count and shame him for his infidelity. The story is a rollercoaster of laughs and surprises.

Karllen actually went to Hillcrest and was taught Theater by teacher Mr. Long. While in high school, tragedy struck and she had lost her mother, but through the help of teachers, Dr. Bentley, Miss. Clark, and Mr. Long, she stayed in school, but she didn’t graduate. Even in college she couldn’t decide what to do. “They all tried to be so supportive of me but there was so much that happened I didn’t audition of anything after high school, I didn’t go to college, and so I know they all had a lot of faith in me but I don’t know that this is what I would be doing, until I went back to college a few years late, and even then I was doing finance.”

“I think that while you’re at this age when your making this transition into adulthood, I think it’s important to expose yourself to as many art forms as you possibly can … Because you never know what’s going to light something inside of you and you might be inspired to create and perform, and I think just keeping all of these cultures alive and humanity’s it’s all up to our generation… Without that, what is the purpose of life and creation and beauty and all that?” said Karellen when asked what advice she had for students. This opera is the perfect for starters to get into opera and is defiantly one to see more than once.

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