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by Terry McNeill
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Symphony
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by Steve Osborn
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Choral and Vocal
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by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, May 28, 2022
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by Abby Wasserman
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Symphony
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY PREMIERES DAUGHERTY SKETCHES OF SONOMA COUNTY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Chamber
BRAHMS-ERA TRIOS HIGHLIGHT OAKMONT CHAMBER CONCERT
by Nicholas Xelenis
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Chamber
CHAMBER GEMS OF BRAHMS IN TRIO NAVARRO'S SCHROEDER CONCERT
by Judy Walker
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Recital
UNIQUE ELEGANCE IN GALBRAITH GUITAR RECITAL
by Gary Digman
Friday, April 29, 2022
Symphony
VSO'S ELEGANT PASTORAL SYMPHONY SHINES IN EMPRESS RETURN
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Choral and Vocal
A SPIRITUAL FAURE REQUIEM IN GOOD FRIDAY CANTIAMO CONCERT
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Friday, April 15, 2022
OPERA REVIEW
Cinnabar Theater / Friday, May 30, 2014
The ensemble showcases the talents of Kelly Britt (Susanna), Miguel Evangelista (Don Basilio and Don Curzio), William Neely (Bartolo), James Pfeiffer (Antonio), Cary Ann Rosko (Cherubino), Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek (Count Almaviva), Bharati Soman (Countess Rosina), Maayan Voss de Bettancourt (Barbarina), Eugene Walden (Figaro), and Krista Wigle (Marcellina).

Eugene Walden and Kelly Britt

HILARIOUS "MARRIAGE OF FIGARO" AT CINNABAR

by Nicki Bell
Friday, May 30, 2014

The Cinnabar Theater mounted a delightful, madcap, rambunctious, completely charming, extremely funny, very classy production of Mozartʼs opera "The Marriage of Figaro" from May 30 to June 15. With the feel of a 1920s Upstairs/Downstairs farce, it was sung in English and easily understood.

Though Beaumarchais' original play had a strong political undercurrent with a vein of cynical and sometimes bitter humor, the transformations into high comedy with Da Ponte's libretto and Mozart's enchanting music leave the politics of the 18th century far behind. The cast, all excellent operatic singers, had the physical humor, the facial expressions, the comedic timing all pitch perfect. A small chamber orchestra of about a dozen musicians did a terrific job.

The music, some of Mozartʼs most memorable, revealed all the machinations, tribulations and outright farce unfolding on the stage. At one point, one of the singers tossed something to the conductor. The sets of the four acts were clever, the actors momentarily becoming stagehands.

A terrific cast included Kelly Britt as Susanna, Eugene Walden as Figaro, Christian Smith-Kotlarek as a perfect Count Almaviva, lovely Bharati Soman as Countess Rosina, and a remarkably funny and expressive Cary Ann Kosko as Cherubino. The rest of the cast all deserve mention, as do the musicians.

A polished production, beautiful singing, hysterically funny, this "Marriage of Figaro" was a winner.