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Scenes from Beaumarchais’ Figaro Trilogy


Sunday, April 28, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Ward Recital Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s Opera Workshop class, taught by Elaine Walter, professor of musicology, presents a performance of 17 scenes from operas inspired by the 18th-century plays of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.

Some of Beaumarchais’ most famous works are a trilogy of satiric plays involving the character of Figaro, the roguish barber of Seville. Operas inspired by the trilogy include Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” followed by Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Massenet’s “Cherubin” and Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” continue the story of the original lovers, Rosina and Count Almaviva, and their children.

Using scenes from these four operas, the school’s Opera Workshop class traces Beaumarchais’ story with its cast of colorful characters in a post-World War II, Washington, D.C., setting.

Conceived and directed by Walter, the program will be her “final labor of love” before retiring from the full-time faculty at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.

The production is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elaine Walter at, visit the music school website at, or call the music school main office at 202-319-5414.

Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact

SPONSOR: Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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