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At the Duke, a radical update turns Figaro into an "illegal" immigrant

Wall Street Journal (subscriber only)

By HEIDI WALESON

APRIL 14, 2017

"In Vid Guerrerio’s witty new Spanish and English libretto, “The Marriage of Figaro” unfolds in contemporary Beverly Hills… Mr. Guerrerio has a remarkable ear for matching the rhythms of his text to music... José Adán Pérez and Samarie Alicea are terrific as Figaro and Susana, as is the five-member string ensemble, led from the piano by Raphael Fusco.”

Off-Broadway Review: ‘Figaro 90210’ at Duke on 42nd Street

NY Theater Guide

By JACQUELINE CLAIRE

APRIL 12, 2017

“Figaro 90210” – It’s so relevant it feels like it could have been written for this morning’s New York Times editorial. It’s 2017, it’s right now, and it’s riveting. Vid Guerrerio’s libretto cleverly brings up all of these contentious political themes, but cushions them in humor. We are laughing all the way through, but there is a sharp bite underneath."

¡Figaro! (90210), a California Love Triangle

New York Times

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI

MARCH 30, 2016

"An audacious and entertaining adaptation of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” with a libretto in English and Spanglish by Vid Guerrerio... The performance on Tuesday night won laughs galore and a big ovation...A landmark 1988 Peter Sellars production of Mozart’s “Figaro” set in the Trump Tower hovers over “¡Figaro! (90210).” But this version goes much further by rewriting the libretto, with apologies to Lorenzo Da Ponte (although I’ll bet he and Mozart would have loved this show). "

 

 

Call It ‘The Green Card of Figaro,’ With Thanks to Mozart

New York Times

By ZACHARY WOOLFE

JUNE 16, 2013

"In this version, fearlessly written by Vid Guerrerio... Susana and Figaro are undocumented Mexican workers employed by the Contis, a real estate magnate and his aging-actress wife... The stakes could not be more current, clear or urgent: Figaro and Susana face deportation if Susana refuses Mr. Conti’s advances. That ¡Figaro! (90210) remains uproariously funny under the cloud of such serious matters speaks to Mr. Guerrerio’s ingenious text and the smooth, clever production directed... by Melissa Crespo."

¡Figaro! (90210) at The Duke on 42nd Street

Opera News (subscribers only)

By JOANNE SYDNEY LESSNER

JUNE 1, 2016

"Vid Guerrerio’s brilliant reimagining of Le Nozze di Figaro is dynamic, thought-provoking, respectful, and, yes, hilarious. A slim two-and-a-half hours, ¡Figaro! (90210) marries Mozart’s music to Guerrerio’s wickedly clever and pointedly topical libretto, translating the original’s revolutionary aspect into more meaningful terms for a contemporary audience... It works because he remains true to the spirit of the opera, even when revising the details, which in turn reinforce the consistent internal logic of his altered plot."

Morningside Opera’s updating of Mozart’s ‘Figaro’ is as timely as it is sexy

New York Post

By JAMES JORDEN

JUNE 13, 2013

"Morningside Opera's updating of "Figaro" is as timely as it is sexy... Vid Guerrerio’s sparkling Figaro! (90210) remakes “The Marriage of Figaro” into a comedy as relevant as CNN and as sexy as an episode of 'Revenge.'"

 

 

Live Opera: LA Opera Off Grand Presents “Figaro! (90210)” at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

International Review of Music

By JANE ROSENBERG

JANUARY 18, 2015

"In a love letter to multicultural America and specifically Los Angeles, librettist Vid Guerrerio creates an hilarious, timely, and heartfelt rendition of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s take on Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro...a delicious musical confection worthy of the Broadway stage."

 

 

The Top Ten Performances of 2013

The New York Observer

By JAMES JORDEN

DECEMBER 13, 2013

 

Servant of New Masters

Parterre Box

By JOHN YOHALEM

JUNE 12, 2013

 

Figaro! (90210); It’s a Hoot … and it Works

Classical Voice America

By RICHARD S. GINELL

JANUARY 21, 2015

 

LA Opera's Figaro 90210 - Hilarious and Sublime Modern Masterpiece

L.A. Splash

By GEORJA UMANO

JANUARY 18, 2015

 

Theater: Yo! Figaro 90210!

Huffington Post

By MICHAEL GILTZ

JUNE 8, 2013

 

An Opera With Sexting? In ¡Figaro! (90210), Mozart Goes to Beverly Hills
L.A. Weekly

By FALLING JAMES

JANUARY 19, 2015

 

LA Opera Presents Figaro 90210
Opera Today

By MARIA NOCKIN

JANUARY 26, 2015

 

¡Figaro! (90210) is and Address for Success
Singerpreneur

By BRYAN DAHL

JANUARY 23, 2015

 

Mozart, Beverly Hills, and Illegal Immigrants: An Unlikely Trio Figaro 90210

DL Reporter

By TIMOTHY AOKI

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

 

The world as seen by Beaumarchais through a character named Figaro

Los Angeles Times

By MARK SWED

FEBRUARY 27, 2015

 

LA Opera Unleases "Figaro Unbound"
Musical America (subscribers only)

By RICHARD S. GINELL

JANUARY 19, 2015

 

Musique et narration
Philosophie Magazine (en français)

By DICK HOWARD

JULY 4, 2013

 

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