June 2016
Marcos Portugal's

The Marriage of Figaro

632 on Hudson

With Figaro’s help, Count Almaviva and Rosina were happily married at the conclusion of The Barber of Seville. We rejoin their story several years later on the eve of Figaro’s wedding. For the second installment of its critically-acclaimed Figaro Project, On Site Opera presented the North American premiere of Marcos Portugal’s telling of The Marriage of Figaro.

Portuguese composer Marcos Portugal’s (1762-1830) prolific catalog of over 70 dramatic works – including 40 operas, and more than 140 sacred works – earned him international success in 18th-century Europe. He secured a special place in Portuguese musical history by composing the first official national anthems of Portugal and Brazil. Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro, with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, was written for Carnival season of 1800 at the Teatro San Benedetto – just 13 years after Mozart’s Figaro. OSO’s North American premiere production gives New York audiences a rare opportunity to hear Portugal’s vibrant music in a re-orchestration by guitarist José Luis Iglésias and OSO’s Geoffrey McDonald, based on the new critical edition of the score edited by David Cranmer. Sung in English in a translation by Gilly French and Jeremy Gray, with dialogue adapted by Joan Holden.

Presented in partnership with The New School’s Mannes College of Music and The Portuguese Consulate in New York.


632 on hudson logoAbout 632 on Hudson: Beginning shortly after its inception as an Events Venue in 2000, when MTV rented 632 on Hudson for its 10th Season of the Real World, the Venue has enjoyed a myriad of diverse activities: as a location for fashion, film, and video shoots, lodging for celebrities while doing film or theater work in New York, product launches, culinary and branding events, private cocktail parties, corporate meetings, banquet-style dinners, chef demonstrations, weddings and rehearsal dinners, even intimate musical and theatrical performances. Karen Lashinsky, the owner and designer of 632 on Hudson, comes from a background of 20 years of performing in the theater as well as touring all over the world; first as a ballet dancer, then a modern dancer, then actor, and finally as an Associate member of The Wooster Group with whom she worked for twelve years.  Her years spent in the theater also inspired a great passion for creating what she calls “living sets”; magical worlds or vignettes in which she can picture “perfect imaginary lives might be lived”. With the arts being Lashinsky’s first love, she looks forward to collaborating with On Site Opera and to initiate more partnerships with not-for-profit organizations in the Arts. 632onhudson.com


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CS Lighting is pleased to be an official corporate sponsor of On Site Opera. With our broad experience in design and special events in NY and throughout the world, we are excited to contribute to the exciting and ongoing work that On Site Opera presents. It is alliances like these that allow for the arts to thrive in new and exciting ways. CS Lighting is a division of CS Global. www.csglobal.co/


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2016 marks continuation of a growing partnership between On Site Opera and The New School’s Mannes College of Music. As part of the partnership, OSO will be in residence at Mannes during rehearsals for Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro. Opportunities are created for Mannes students are created within OSO productions on and offstage. In addition to Mannes College of Music, On Site Opera is excited to partner with the Portuguese Consulate in New York to welcome this opera to New York. www.newschool.edu/mannes


About the performance edition: Critical edition prepared by members of the Marcos Portugal Project, under the supervision of David Cranmer, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.


On Site Opera’s production of Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro is proud to be a part of the inaugural New York Opera Fest! Presented by the New York Opera Alliance, the festival showcases the incredible diversity of opera in NYC! NYOperaFest.com

632 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
  • On Site Opera offers the delightful fly-on-the-wall experience of observing—practically participating in—lesser-known operas in intimate domestic settings.

    Opera News
  • Eric Einhorn’s whirlwind staging included plenty of fine detail suitable for viewing at arm’s length, and Geoffrey McDonald kept the music not only precise but also breezy.

    The Observer
  • It was a charming production, amazing in detail, as well as disarmingly acted and beautifully sung.

    Broadway World
  • This lively young cast was so irresistible that you wouldn’t ever want them to stop singing.

    The Observer
  • Eric Einhorn’s marvelously detailed immersive production–performed with infectious sparkle by a superb cast–made it a worthwhile adventure.

    Parterre Box
  • Abounds in vitality and wit.

    The New York Times
  • On Site Opera presents the ultimate in intimate productions by performing works in spaces that fit the setting of the story. This delightful staging of Portugal’s “Figaro” takes place at 632 on Hudson, a beautifully renovated townhouse in the West Village.

    The New York Times
  • The entire company sings from above, behind, and in front, the audience is immersed in the cross currents of the music; we can feel the physical vibrations. When it comes to the concept of surround sound, this is the real deal.

    Damian Fowler
  • Set on three floors of 632 on Hudson…this “Figaro” was a brave and innovative move by Mr. Einhorn’s group, which specializes in staging performances where no opera company has gone before.

    Superconductor
  • This production was anything but a snooze.  It was incredibly involving and one left feeling as if one was a participant, not an observer.

    Voce di meche

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