Barber of Seville the Opera
June 16, 2021 - June 18, 2021
Barber of Serville the Opera
At Cincinnati Opera, the curtain will rise at Music Hall with Rossini’s delightful rom-com, The Barber of Seville. Based on the play of the same name by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the opera introduces us to Figaro, the titular barber bursting with bravado. He’s enlisted by the lovelorn Count Almaviva to help win the heart of the clever and comely Rosina. With whimsy, wit, and plenty of woo, The Barber of Seville reminds us that, as Beaumarchais once said, “Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”
Cincinnati Opera Barber of Serville, Rossini’s masterful, laugh-out-loud comedy (the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro) is packed with rapid-fire punchlines and toe-tapping melodies—from one of the world’s most famous overtures to the instantly recognizable “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” of “Largo al factotum.” Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard brings her “beauty, natural stage charisma, and sure dramatic instincts” (Chicago Tribune) to the role of Rosina.
Barber of Seville the Opera hails originally from the Glimmerglass Festival and features scenic design by John Conklin, costume design by Lynly A. Saunders, and lighting design by Robert Wierzel. Wig and make-up design are by James Geier. Said BroadwayWorld.com, “This innovative interpretation of a traditional opera shines with contemporary sparkle.”
Cincinnati Opera, plans for the 2021 Summer Festival include three operas that were originally scheduled to be presented in 2020—the world premieres of Castor and Patience and Fierce, as well as The Barber of Seville—plus the return of two all-time favorite operas, Carmen and Tosca. Performances are currently slated to take place at Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and to feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
Barber of Seville the Opera Time:
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 18, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium
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Check out this article about Carmen the Opera from Cincinnati Opera.