Against the Grain Theatre to Revive Award-Winning ‘Figaro’s Wedding’

By David Salazar

Against the Grain Theatre is set to showcase “Figaro’s Wedding” this December at the Enoch Turner School House in Toronto.

The production, which will run for 12 performances, is staged as a real wedding with audience members as guests. A string quartet will accompany a special arrangement of the Mozart work with Alexandra Smither in her company debut as Susanna. Bruno Roy will take on the role of Figaro and Lauren Eberwein will be Cherubino. Soprano Miriam Khalil, who is also the company’s Associate Artistic Director, will take on the role of Rosina with Phillip Addis in a re-imagined version of the Count.

Gregory Finney will take on Bartolo and Antonio, the latter of whom is now the wedding officiant and florist. Finally, Jacques Arsenault will be the wedding planner Basilo and Maria Soulis will be Marcelina, who in this version is the wedding venue coordinator.

The opera will be directed by Against the Grain Theatre’s founder and Artistic Director Joel Ivany with Music Director Rachael Kerr at the piano.

This production of the opera won the 2014 Dora Award for Outstanding New Opera.

“We’re so excited to bring ‘Figaro’s Wedding’ back,” said Ivany. “For many of us in the company, this new opera was a landmark show for us and we’ve been wanting to reward our faithful community with one of our hits.”