ECCOTA Offers a Pittsburgh Opera Bus Trip: The Marriage of Figaro

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The Elk County Council on the Arts is pleased to offer a bus trip for a Sunday matinee performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh on Nov. 12.

Ridgway native, Brian Kontes, plays Dr. Bartolo in one of the most popular comic operas of all time. Filled with amusing cases of mistaken identity and romantic subterfuge, plus music by a Mozart at the height of his powers, The Marriage of Figaro has stood the test of time for centuries.

“We are so excited to invite everyone to join us in this arts experience and support Brian Kontes, a long-time friend of ECCOTA, as he performs in The Marriage of Figaro,” said Gallery Coordinator Sara Frank.

“It’s been quite a few years since ECCOTA has offered group trips, and we wasted no time getting this organized because it’s an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

Figaro, a happy bachelor, is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna.

In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur – the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night.

Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson while they’re at it.

Reservations are required for this event. Please contact ECCOTA at 814-772-7051 or visit for all the details.

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