Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)" is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker, has finally fallen in love. But, like everything else in his life, it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro's marriage to Susanna, his master, Count Almaviva, sets his wandering eye on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess Rosina gets in on the action when she learns of her husband's desires. But is she embroiled in a dangerous liaison of her own? From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart's score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire.
The Pennsylvania Ballet closes their 2016-2017 season with" Re/Action," an energetic triple bill comprised of works by Christopher Wheeldon, George Blanchine, and Matthew Neenan. Packed with fast-paced action accentuated by bold costume and lighting selections, Wheeldon's "Rush" centers around a darkly elegant pas de deux. George Balanchine's Duets, Sylvia pas de deux, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, and Tarantella portray the high-level skills of the dancers and pay homage to Pennsylvania Ballet's roots. To close the program, Resident Choreographer Matthew Neenan presents his much anticipated World Premiere.
"Motown" tells the story of famed label founder, Berry Gordy, and his journey from professional boxer to an accomplished music mogul who launched the careers of stars like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.