USD Opera Presents Twist on 'The Marriage of Figaro'

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Opera presents a unique twist on “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The dark, yet comical production will be held Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall.

USD’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro” will be set in 1960’s Las Vegas, where the American mafia will stand in for the nobility of 18th century Spain. The story centers around a single day of madness 24 hours before a big wedding.

The production is directed by USD’s Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., and stars: Brody Krogman, junior, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dana Carlson, graduate student, Somerset, Wisconsin; Kayla Hernandez, graduate student, Storm Lake, Iowa; and Kevin Phillips, sophomore, Colton, South Dakota. David Holdhusen, Ph.D., will be conducting a 14-piece orchestra of students and community members for the production.

Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students with an I.D.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News