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The Marriage of Figaro

Humorous Mozart opera takes place
Tues-Wed, Aug. 7-8, 2018, at the GLCFA theater

In summer 2018, theater-goers will have a special experience when one of the region’s treasured traditions takes the stage inside the Center for two memorable nights.

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the Bay View Music Festival will partner in presenting a fully staged opera, The Marriage of Figaro, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 7-8, 2018. The opera begins at 8 p.m. both evenings. All seats are $30.

Bay View Music Festival Director Chris Ludwa said the opportunity to collaborate with the Center in its premiere season is exciting for both him and the performers. “From day one, Jill and I knew we wanted to collaborate,” said Ludwa, regarding the Center’s Executive Director Jill O’Neill.

The Marriage of Figaro is a “fully staged, hilarious production of Mozart’s popular opera, accompanied by orchestra, and is a great evening of entertainment for a first-timer and opera aficionado alike,” Ludwa said. “It’s light and fun and fast-paced, perfect for a summer evening.”

The opera is performed in Italian, with English subtitles. It runs about 2.5 hours with intermission. The performers are culled from a national search of collegiate programs, Ludwa explained, and include students from across the country who audition for the specific roles. The search begins in January, with casting completed by the end of February 2018. Two different casts will perform, as students rotate from lead to supporting roles each evening. The orchestra consists of instrumental students, also from across the U.S. and overseas.

The opera opens first in Bay View, Friday and Saturday Aug. 3-4, 2018, before moving across town to Bay Harbor for the Aug. 7-8 Center performances.

Ludwa said he expects Bay View members, community residents and visitors to the area will enjoy seeing the opera in a state-of-the-art theater. “It’s really an exciting venture. Acoustically, it’s a prime experience with the orchestra and actors on stage perfectly balanced. And from an audience perspective, to see an opera up close in an intimate 500-seat theater, it is much easier to get carried away with the drama. It’s a unique experience you’re not going to find anywhere else.”

The Bay View Music Festival hosts over 120 auditioned, collegiate musicians each summer as a vital component of the Bay View Association’s summer programming and conservatory, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. For a complete schedule of the opera and additional programming on Bay View’s unique historic campus north of Petoskey on U.S. 31, visit


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