Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
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Syracuse Opera Preview of The Barber of Seville at Barnes and Noble in DeWitt, Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:00pm. Join Syracuse Opera Producing and Artistic Director Douglas Kinney Frost as he discusses the opera, providing insights and highlights from the upcoming production. Cast members will perform selections from the opera.
Considered a masterpiece of comedy, Rossini’s opera will charm you with familiar tunes and loveable characters. Performances of The Barber of Seville will take place April 17th, 2015 at 8pm and Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2pm in the Crouse Hinds Theater at the Mulroy Civic Center.
Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the Syracuse Opera box office at 315 476-7372 or online at www.syracuseopera.org. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
The young and beautiful Rosina is the ward of the elderly Dr. Bartolo. Count Almaviva, disguised as a commoner, becomes enamored with Rosina, but is frustrated by Bartolo, who keeps her secluded: Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina so he can secure her dowry. The Count encounters Figaro, Seville’s famous factotum: a barber and jack-of-all-trades. Figaro plans an intrigue that will enable the Count to enter Dr. Bartolo’s house and meet Rosina. The Count, disguised as a soldier, demands to be billeted in Bartolo’s house. When that fails, the Count disguises himself as Don Alonso, a music teacher substituting for the supposedly ill Don Basilio. Basilio suddenly appears, but is dismissed after he is bribed to feign illness. Bartolo discovers the charade and the intrigue fails. Basilio, now Dr. Bartolo’s notary, arrives to perform the wedding between Bartolo and Rosina. At the point of a gun, Basilio is forced to substitute the Count’s name on the marriage contract: Rosina and the Count are married. Although seething at his loss, Dr. Bartolo is content when the Count gives him Rosina’s dowry.
Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville" is one of the most loved and best recognized works in the classical/opera repertoire, thanks in part to its use in countless movies, commercials, and of course, a Bugs Bunny cartoon ("Let me cut your top/Let me shave your mop..." As well as possessing a simply stunning overture, the opera is a sheer delight throughout, with hit after hit, including ‘Una voce poco fa’ and the ‘Largo al factotum’. The opera is brimming with recognizable tunes that will be familiar to both the opera aficionado to the opera beginner.
Two audience favorites from last season will return to Syracuse Opera in The Barber of Seville. Performing on stage will be baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco who will return as Figaro after making his debut in Maria de Buenos Aires and Jeffrey Buchmann who made his Syracuse Opera debut in The Tragedy of Carmen returns to direct along with Bass Baritone Mark Webster in the role of Don Basilio. Making their Syracuse Opera debuts are tenor Javier Abreu as Count Almaviva, soprano Lindsay Russell as Rosina, baritone Steve Condy as Dr. Bartolo, baritone Angky Budiardjono as Fiorello/Sargeant along with Kathleen Roland-Silverstein as Berta.
Making a return to Syracuse Opera and in the lead role of Figaro is baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco (bottom image). Luis was an audience favorite for his performance as El Payador in Syracuse Opera’s fall 2013 production of Maria de Buenos Aires. Also returning is Bass Baritone Mark Webster as Don Basilio. Joining them with Syracuse Opera debuts are tenor Javier Abreu as Count Almaviva, soprano Lindsay Russell as Rosina, baritone Steve Condy as Dr. Bartolo. Rounding out the cast are Both returning to lead the production are Director Mark Buchmann who directed Syracuse Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen and Syracuse Opera’s Producing and Artistic Director Douglas Kinney Frost who will conduct.
Soprano Lindsay Russell (top image) will also make her Syracuse Opera debut as Rosina. Ms. Russell will make a company début with Arizona opera as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and sing the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Yakima Symphony. In recent seasons she made several role and company débuts, including the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Roanoke, The Lady with a Hand Mirror in Dominic Argento’s Postcard from Morocco with Portland Opera, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow with the Concert Artist Series of Sarasota.
For tickets to Syracuse Opera’s The Barber of Seville call the Syracuse Opera box office at (315) 476-7372 or order online at SyracuseOpera.org.