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REVIEW: Don’t Miss this Wedding: Opera Lyra’s the Marriage of Figaro

“If you have never been to an opera, The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be a fantastic place to start. It is light, funny, easy  to follow and for the most part, the music is bouncy and upbeat. Opera Lyra Ottawa, which always mounts amazing productions that never disappoint, is currently at the NAC with a truly outstanding production of Mozart’s masterpiece…This production will make an opera fan out of anyone!”

Jennifer Hartley,
Ottawa Life Magazine

REVIEW: Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

“Sasha Dhijanian brings sweetness and spunk to her role as Susanna and her voice’s clean, glossy tone is well suited to the role of the young maid. Let’s hope there are many more Susannas in her future. John Brancy’s Figaro is a delight with his velvety baritone, and magnetic charm though he also stands out for his impressive ease on stage. James Westman is exceptional in the role of the Count, walking the fine line between master and fool, full of pomposity in both cases.  Meanwhile, Wallis Giunta plays the gangly teen boy, Cherubino to hilarious effect. Her aria in act two, “Voi che sapete” had audiences applauding before her last note rang out.”

Review by Chrissy Steinbock

REVIEW: The Marriage of Figaro

The actors really were top notch. They were able to carry a necessary wit to their actions which only increased on the humorous situations Mozart set his characters in and while Figaro’s John Brancy and Susanna’s Sasha Djihanian were amazing, it was truly Wallis Giunta’s young and sweet Cherubino that stole the audience’s heart and adoration. The actors owned every inch of that stage and commanded your attention.”

Review by Matthew Champ
On Stage: Ottawa’s Theatre Arts Magazine

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