REVIEWS: The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“A bright, bouncy and richly enjoyable version of Mozart’s comic opera masterpiece. Conductor/harpsichordist Christopher Allen leads the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in a spirited, whimsical delivery of Mozart’s witty score.
Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“Conductor/harpsichordist Christopher Allen judged the pacing beautifully, always drawing gorgeous playing from the St. Louis Symphony.”
Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky, Two on The Aisle

“Conductor Christopher Allen maintains a lovely balance in his fine orchestra. He also plays harpsichord for the recitatives.”
Steve Callahan, Broadway World

“With smart stage direction by Mark Lamos and musical direction by Christopher Allen, the pairing of gorgeous, invigorating music with the comic foibles and disappointments of love and marriage is lively, energetic and surprisingly contemporary in tone despite its 200-year legacy… The opera feels light and fresh under the direction of Lamos and Allen, and the show maintains a pleasingly quick clip that makes it feel much shorter than its three-hour run time. The real surprise may be the noticeable infusion of joy from the actors and orchestra that reveals how accessible, funny and current Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpiece continues to be.”

Tina Farmer, KDHX