Performances in Libby Gardner Hall this week celebrate not only the nuptials of Figaro and Susanna, but also a 20-year collaboration between Robert Breault and Joel Rosenberg. Breault's University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble and Rosenberg's Paradigm Chamber Orchestra are teaming up in a streamlined, semistaged production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."
"It's kind of a greatest-hits version," Breault said, explaining that the opera's running time will be cut roughly in half, mostly through the elimination of recitatives. He'll help fill in the narrative gaps with spoken commentary. "We'll keep it moving," he said. "It will be very clear what's happening even though we can't do supertitles."
Sets and props will be minimal, but that doesn't mean the show will be static, Rosenberg said. "We'll use the entire hall the doors the audience comes through, the choir seats, some of the area on the main floor," he said. "It's not a straight concert version; it will be acted."