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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, August 2, 1968

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Fridoy, August 2, 1968

'Marriage of Figaro': Fine matchmaking

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By R. A. PERRY
When the librettist Da Ponte
and the composer Mozart chose
Beaumarchais' play The Marriage
of Figaro, they chose a contro-
versial political satire originally
censored and condemned by the
Comedie Francaise. Thus when
the opera was first staged in 1786,
the audience could well fill in
those elements of sordid mockery
that Da Ponte deleted, just as a
contemporary audience would
need no prior explanations to dig
a Rodgers-Hammerstein Mac-
Bird.
Today, however, the political
and social interest of Mozart's
comic masterpiece moves nary a
soul, and only the music, the glo-
rious arias of -Mozart, eagerly
draws us to any performance.
Though the witty repartee and
the transvestite frolics elicit de-
light, it is the miracle of "Non
so piu cosa son," "Porgi, amor,"
"Voi che sapete," "Dove sono,"
and more that brings true musical
joy to the heart.
One cannot explain the non-
aggressive, egoless sensibility be-
hind such arias - god knows
enough literary critics, Freudians
and musicologists have tried. It
is often written that a Mozart aria
so perfectly fits the character to
whom it is assigned; yet Richard
Strauss, one of the great musical
intellects of our century, saw
that Mozart's fusion of music with
text went beyond mere intelli-
gence. His "melodic inspiration,"
Says Strauss, "is the absolute
evelation of final mysteries .
whence the melodies come, no-
body knows."
So too, the irascible English
critic W. J. Turner wrote that
Mozart "is so pure that he seems

audience is released from the
idiocy of sitting deaf to the flurry'
of comic lines and plot clues.
Without the melliflous Italian
much of the flowing line of Mo-
zart's music is broken, but much
in comprehension is nevertheless
gained.
One goes to a student opera
production anticipating a certain
voyeuristic embarrassment at
watching singers coping with high
registers and difficult vocal tech-
niques. The talents and high-
spirited acting of the cast, how-
ever, soon allayed such worries.
Prime honors must be given to
Linda Oakley as the clever cham-
bermaid Susanna, and to Dorothy
Burleigh, as the page Cherubino,
shot through with Cupid's arrows.
Miss Oakley's voice lacks a low-
er register, but she was seldom
called on to use one. Her spritely
voice was almost always on pitch;
it possessed the power to cut
through in ensembles, and was
welded to her every gesture in the
most professional manner.
Miss Burleigh has an uncanny
resemblance to the young Char-
lie Chaplin, and her acting ability1
is almost as good. Rendering her
beautiful arias, especially "Voi che;
sapete," in a slightly husky but
well-controlled voice, she more
than anyone else accomplished a
vocal style nearest to what we
know as Mozartean. A splendid
job.
In the third female lead, Joann
Gustafson as the Countess deliv-
ered a careful but lovely "Porgi
amor," and in general granted
vocal pleasures to match her vis-i
ual splendor. Occasionally, her
thin voice approached wheedling
in recitatives.

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-Daily-Eric Pergeaux
Figaro . . . 'melodic inspiration'
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often meaningless. His music dis- The male leads were not quite Colleges, in Natural Science Bldg. as'
appears like the air we breathe as satisfying. Dennis Jackson's follows:
I ona tansaret dy.'}My wn atifyig. Dnni Jakso's;Section A - Literature, Science, and
on a transparent day" My own Count commanded the appropri- the Arts: Front part of auditorium,
addition to such consideration of ate pompous self-respect, but west section; Education: Front part
the wonder of Mozart's melodies Jackson's voice, while controlled, of auditorium, center section; Archi-
would be to recall a poem by lacked the requisite power and cecture: Front party of auditorium,
Siy.What the Japanese priest center section (behind Education):
Sangyo. Whatseanesrie penetration to musically fulfill his Law: Front part of auditorium, east
felt, standing outside Ise shrine dramatic stance. In ensembles, section; Dearborn Campus: Front part
might well apply to the mystery his voice was totally lost. Law).
of Mozart: "I know not what lies section B -Graduate School: Doc-
within, but my heart is filled with To the role of Figaro, Robert tors, Rm. 1053; Candidates. Front part
gladness." Schneider brought a full, rich of auditorium, west section (behind
voic tht wa no, pone o geatprofessionals); Professionals: Front part
voice that was not prone to great of auditorium, west section (behind
Such comments might be eon- subtlety. Schneider's acting and.
strued as rubbish by more objec- ~r:r.> ::.::::":"::f>r :
tive musicologists, eager to set facial gestures were often wooden
chronology or to analyze form, but as well, but he filled Figaro's ORGAN IZATION
it does help to explain why Mo- shoes with an authority and en-'
zart lovers would come to hear thusiasm that added to the he- NOTICES
Figaro even it if were performed atrical reality of the performance,,
in Serbo-Croation by a band of The diffidence and wandering v... !. - . .
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