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Mozart's Masterpiece Marriage of Figaro Performs in September

Mozart's Masterpiece "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro) will be staged in Hong Kong in September, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Opera Hong Kong. Resident Stage Director of the opera company, Maurizio di Mattia, will direct the work and will be joined by a distinguished international and local cast.

A human comedy filled with laughter and tears, "Le Nozze di Figaro" is perhaps the most appealing among the many great operas Mozart wrote. Adapted from Beaumarchais's drama "La folle journˆme", Mozart, with his great librettist collaborator Lorenzo da Ponte, turned the political drama into a honey sweet opera buffa full of love and humanity.

The plot, with all kinds of interesting subplots including hide-and-seek, assignations, would-be husband turning out to be a long-lost son, centres on the longing of the young Countess Almaviva to win back the love of her philandering husband with the help of her servants, Figaro and his betrothed Susanna, object of the Count's amorous attentions. The opera is filled with delightful arias and great vocal ensembles. The hilarious "mad day" comes to an end with everybody involved singing praise of love, the only fitting end to such a day.

"Opera in 4 Acts: "Le Nozze di Figaro"" will be performed in Italian with Chinese and English Subtitles. The performance will be performed at 7.30pm from September 20 to 23 and 2.30pm on September 24 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $780, $600, $450, $300 and $150 (some seats have restricted view) will be available from tomorrow (July 26) onwards at all URBTIX outlets.

Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance(CSSA)recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is offered for Friends of LCSD performing venues and Friends of Opera Hong Kong. Group booking discount is also available, please refer to programme leaflet for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit http://www.urbtix.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

There are free-admission pre-opera talks,for details please check out programme leaflets.

Ends/Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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