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Philippe Sly debuts as Figaro in San Francisco Opera - The Marriage of Figaro / HuffPost

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Philippe Sly is making his role debut as Figaro in San Francisco Opera's current production of The Marriage of Figaro. It's a perfect harmony. As Count Almaviva's personal man servant - and also friend - Figaro is the kind of guy one expects to find in the immediate circle of a fast living celebrity-type nobleman. Mozart assigned Figaro to the bass-baritone division - for potency and determination - and furnished him with three bright and buoyant arias that have helped keep the 1786 opera on today's Top 10 performance charts. Although Philippe's audition packet includes Figaro's Act I aria, Non più andrai, he admitted being a total newcomer to the complete opera. "I've heard bits and pieces of it," he said the day before opening, "but I've never seen a production."

"Now I'm in love with it! Not knowing Figaro before was actually like discovering some sort of amazing treasure. And it's been a roller coaster! Figaro is an Everyman. I'm there as a kind of gateway between the audience and the other characters. I'm the people's man. Susanna is onstage the most, not Figaro. But he is the character the people are rooting for because he is the one with the dilemma."   READ THE FULL Huffington Post ARTICLE