Opening this week at Berkeley Repertory Theater is what sounds like an entertaining production by the Theatre de la Jeune Lune called Figaro, described as "inspired by Mozart and Beaumarchais". Now, I am a sucker for all things Nozze, which ranks rather high on my, and everyone else's, list of greatest operas. The poignancy of the situation, the brilliance of the music, the clockwork timing of the plot, the varieties of love, all add up to an eternal delight.
Last week I got email from Berkeley Rep offering a big discount on tickets for a limited number of performances. Before biting, I emailed Berkeley Rep to ask about use of amplification, and they wrote back that there will be "a little bit" of amplification on both the orchestra and singers.
I say it once again: if I can hear unamplified singers over a full orchestra in both Davies (seats more than 2000) and War Memorial Opera House (seats about 3200), Berkeley Rep is doing something wrong if they need to amplify anyone in their 400- and 600-seat theaters.