Barber of Seville the Opera
July 24 - July 29
Summit ParkPrice varies
Barber of Serville the Opera
Based on the play of the same name by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville introduces us to Figaro, the titular barber bursting with bravado. He’s enlisted by the lovelorn Count Almaviva to 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.”
Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb brings “sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle) to the role of Rosina, after last appearing with the company as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (2019). Appearing as Almaviva is Cincinnati Opera favorite tenor Aaron Blake, whose voice was hailed by The New York Times as “endearing and sweet-sounding … with youthful fervor and stamina.”
Making his company debut as Figaro is baritone Chris Kenney, a recent alum of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. Singing the role of Doctor Bartolo is baritone Reginald Smith Jr., who last appeared with Cincinnati Opera as Jake in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2019) and in the company’s recent digital Winter Festival production of Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View.
Bass and Cincinnati Opera Artistic Advisor Morris Robinson, whose recent engagements with Cincinnati Opera include a star turn as Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2019), is Don Basilio. Acclaimed conductor Renato Balsadonna leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and stage director is Joshua R. Horowitz, making his company debut.
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with projected translation
Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
Rosina: Rihab Chaieb
Count Almaviva: Aaron Blake
Figaro: Chris Kenney
Doctor Bartolo: Reginald Smith Jr.
Don Basilio: Morris Robinson
Berta: Wendy Hill
Conductor: Renato Balsadonna
Stage director: Joshua R. Horowitz
Lighting designer: Thomas C. Hase
Costume director: Rebecca Senske
Wig & makeup designer: James Geier
Sound designer: Jonathan Burke
Chorus master: Henri Venanzi
Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
Tickets and Additional Information
Tickets to Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival start at $15. Current subscribers will be contacted in April with additional information about their ticket options. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 7. For additional information, including an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions, visit cincinnatiopera.org.
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About Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer and engaging programs throughout the year. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative artists.
To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.