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March 10 and 12: Marriage of Figaro

Celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday year with a performance of one of his greatest creations, "The Marriage of Figaro"

When: Friday, March 10 8:00 PM; Sunday March 12, 2:00 PM

Where: Butler University, Clowes Hall

Here's what the Indianapolis Opera says about their production:

Figaro, one of opera‘s best-loved characters, returns to the stage in this riotous comedy filled with beautiful music, frenetic action and more than its share of mistaken identities. One element is certain, no matter how ominously those with questionable intentions plot and scheme, we know their plans will go awry. From the first note of the overture to the final curtain, the genius of Mozart affirms love, marriage, the good society, virtue and reconciliation through the force of music in this brilliant opera buffa.

They are correct, of course, but I think it's important to note that "Marriage of Figaro," which preceded the French Revolution by a couple of years, is a deeply political work, an affirmation of the dignity and resourcefulness of the common man who stands up to, and outwits, his social betters. See it.

In addition, Indianapolis Opera offers pre-opera lectures, beginning 45 minutes before each main stage performance. These informative talks, given by Dr. Michael Sells, professor of music at Butler University, are held in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall. Admission is free with purchase of a ticket to the opera. Sells is great, it makes the opera a much more meaningful experience to hear his talk.

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OK, they aren't Mozart ... but there are several other very good music events that will stretch your world this spring:

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