Opera San José to Open with ‘The Marriage Figaro’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera San José is set to open its 2022–23 season with an all-new production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

The new production will be transported to colonial India during Victorian Imperial rule and will focus on sexual politics and class resentments through the prism of shifting power and revolution, culminating in a sparkling Indian wedding that will bring the exuberance of Bollywood to the California Theatre stage.

The company will join forces with Mosaic America to bring Indian classical dance to Mozart’s masterpiece and will be directed by Brad Dalton, who was last seen with the company for its 2020 production of “Il Trovatore.” Viswa Subbaraman conducts the work in his company debut.

The opera will feature Maya Kherani as Susanna, Efraín Solísas Figaro, Eugene Brancoveanu as Count Almaviva, Maria Natale as Countess Almaviva, Deepa Johnny as Cherubino, Tahanee Aluwihare as Marcellina, Matthew Anchel as Dr. Bartolo, Zhengyi Bai as Don Basilio, Krishna Raman as Don Curzio, Melissa Sondhi as Barbarina, and Jesús Vicente Murillo as Antonio.

“The Marriage of Figaro” opens on Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 25, 2022.