Theater

'Figaro' group's best effort yet

Opera in Williamsburg ventured into new territory with its presentation of "Marriage of Figaro," Friday in the Kimball Theater. Moving away from its established tradition of using a salon-styled ensemble on stage, OiW used a small orchestra of top notch, polished professional musicians. Positioned directly on the floor in front of the stage, the placement was perfect, musically allowing a fuller, more direct sound for the singers and a more blended one for the audience. It also freed up stage space normally taken up by past salon ensembles.

The venture was obviously successful, especially given the aria-filled score that provides some of Mozart's best-known musical...

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