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BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO OPERA'S BARBER OF SEVILLE at Pechanga Sports Arena Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO OPERA'S BARBER OF SEVILLE at Pechanga Sports Arena
by Ron Bierman - Apr 29, 2021

The San Diego Opera continued its quixotic foray into parking-lot adventures with The Barber of Seville by Rossini, social distancing once again forcing substantial changes to a production's length and cast size. Revisions to libretto, costumes, set and lighting went all out for a zany farcical effect that even many staid opera lovers of a certain age would eventually realize harkened back to the free-wheeling spirit of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, complete with 'Sock it to me,' chicken jokes and Rowan's trademark closing 'Say goodnight, Dick.' This always said to his seemingly clueless partner Dick Martin. Lest you think it was a radically revised libretto, I offer assurances that most of the explicit references to the bygone TV show were displayed in hand-drawn lettering on cardboard placards held up by a man near the stage whose humble garb included a Santa Clause hat. This seemingly homeless but cheerful gentleman was teamed offstage with a gaggle of other extras. Some of them were chorus members, policemen and musicians usually on stage for Rossini's comic opera, but now, during difficult times, especially for opera directors and stage managers, they were singing, dancing and gesticulating wildly offstage, one of them mounted on a pickup truck.

San Diego Opera Announces Live, Drive-In, Spring Season Photo San Diego Opera Announces Live, Drive-In, Spring Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2021

Inspired by the success from their safe drive-in performances of La bohème in the Fall, which heralded the return of live, in-person, opera to San Diego County since the start of the pandemic, San Diego Opera has announced a Spring season of safe, socially-distanced, drive-in performances.

Cincinnati Opera Announces Reimagined 2021 Summer Festival  SUMMER AT SUMMIT Photo Cincinnati Opera Announces Reimagined 2021 Summer Festival SUMMER AT SUMMIT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2021

Cincinnati Opera will return to the outdoors for its reimagined 2021 Summer Festival, Summer at Summit. The season will take place July 11-31 at Summit Park, located in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio, and will feature internationally renowned artists, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

San Diego Opera Announces Spring Drive-In Season Featuring THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and  Photo San Diego Opera Announces Spring Drive-In Season Featuring THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and ONE AMAZING NIGHT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 17, 2021

Inspired by the success from their safe drive-in performances of La bohème in the Fall, which heralded the return of live, in-person, opera to San Diego County since the start of the pandemic, and provided over 300 jobs to many, San Diego Opera has announced a Spring season of safe, socially-distanced, drive-in performances.

Cincinnati Opera Announces 2021 SUMMER FESTIVAL Photo Cincinnati Opera Announces 2021 SUMMER FESTIVAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 17, 2020

Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, today announced details of the company's 2021 Summer Festival, which is currently scheduled to open June 13 and continue through July 25. The season marks a return to the stage following the cancellation of the company's 100th Anniversary Season due to the pandemic.

Opera Philadelphia Launches Digital Streaming Festival Photo Opera Philadelphia Launches Digital Streaming Festival
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2020

Over the past five years, Opera Philadelphia has presented no fewer than nine world premieres, scoring multiple awards and winning international audience and critical recognition. Now that the 2019-20 season has been cut short by the need for social distancing, the company is extending its season online with Digital Festival O.

San Diego Opera's Main Stage Season Continues With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo San Diego Opera's Main Stage Season Continues With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 25, 2020

San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 main stage season comes to a close with Gioachino Rossini's classic comedy The Barber of Seville which opens on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances. Additional performances are April 28, May 1, and 3 (matinee), 2020.

San Diego Opera's Main Stage Season Continues with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo San Diego Opera's Main Stage Season Continues with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 29, 2020

San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 main stage season comes to a close with Gioachino Rossini's classic comedy The Barber of Seville which opens on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances.

BWW Review: MN Opera's Extraordinary THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Entertains with Comedic De Photo BWW Review: MN Opera's Extraordinary THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Entertains with Comedic Delights
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Nov 12, 2019

Perhaps as composer Gioachino Rossini believed, at certain times, life might resemble a comic opera. For opera aficionados in the Twin Cities area, MN Opera at the Ordway Center presents a beloved classic by Rossini--The Barber of Seville. In this story about a rapscallion, yet well to do  barber named Figaro created by the 18th century playwright known as Beaumarchais, Rossini added a compelling score to Beaumarchais' play to complement Cesare Sterbini's libretto that brings Figaro to operatic life. The fun loving, well loved barber in Seville features into several popular operas to become some of Rossini's favorites  MN Opera transforms the already comic opera into a tour de force production by combining extraordinary singing with a sublime cartoon framework in the tradition of the commedia dell'arte, where masks used by the actors often underscore the action.

BWW Feature: NEDERLANDSE REISOPERA (DUTCH NATIONAL TOURING OPERA) BRINGS ITS SUCCESSF Photo BWW Feature: NEDERLANDSE REISOPERA (DUTCH NATIONAL TOURING OPERA) BRINGS ITS SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTION OF THE BARBER OF SEVILLE BACK TO THEATRES
by Chantal Kunst - Sep 27, 2019

Thanks to its enormous success in 2013, we bring you a revival of Rossini's comic opera Il barbiere di Siviglia, directed by Laurence Dale and with a cast that includes Karin Strobos (Rosina), Mark Milhofer (Almaviva) and Brun Praticò (Bartolo). George Petrou is the musical director, conducting the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. With colourful Gaudi-style decors and spectacular costumes by designer Gary McCann, this flamboyant, sparkling and enchanting Barber production is a must-see

BWW Feature: Santa Fe Opera Announces 2020 Season Photo BWW Feature: Santa Fe Opera Announces 2020 Season
by Zoe Burke - May 8, 2019

The Santa Fe Opera's General Director Robert K. Meya today announced repertory and casting for the company's exciting 64th Season in 2020. On the panel joining Meya for the announcement were the President of the Board of Directors Susan G. Marineau, Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of Community Engagement, and Cori Ellison, the company's first, recently appointed Dramaturg.

Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru 5/3 - 5/7 Photo Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru 5/3 - 5/7
by Alan Henry - May 2, 2019

EL BARBERO DE SEVILLA is playing at Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru from May 3 to 7, 2019.

Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru Next Month! Photo Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru Next Month!
by Alan Henry - Apr 24, 2019

EL BARBERO DE SEVILLA is playing at Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru from May 1 to 7, 2019.

Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru Next Month! Photo Gran Teatro Nacional Brings THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Peru Next Month!
by Alan Henry - Apr 11, 2019

EL BARBERO DE SEVILLA is playing at Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru from May 1 to 7, 2019.

BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Sarasota Opera House Photo BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Sarasota Opera House
by Carolan Trbovich - Nov 8, 2018

Sarasota Opera Brilliantly Stages The Barber of Seville

BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio Photo BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio
by Barry Lenny - Apr 23, 2018

A bright and fast-paced production that thoroughly engages the audience.

POP's Josh Shaw Takes On 'Barber' For Opera Santa Barbara Photo POP's Josh Shaw Takes On 'Barber' For Opera Santa Barbara
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 8, 2018

Gioachino Rossini's laugh-out-loud romantic comedy returns to Opera Santa Barbara for the first time since 2001. The Barber of Seville has been entertaining audiences for more than 200 years with its outrageous stage antics and vocal acrobatics. Featuring some of opera's most recognizable tunes, audiences are sure to leave the theater singing Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiiiii-garo!

Come Play at Seattle Opera's FAMILY DAY Photo Come Play at Seattle Opera's FAMILY DAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 22, 2017

Start Halloween early by joining Seattle Opera for its Family Day presentation of The Barber of Seville. Everyone is invited to come in their costume for this Oct. 22 performance, where students age 18 and under get $15 tickets for almost any seat.* During intermission, see how many hair-raising styles you and your family can imagine. We'll get creative with arts and crafts as we draw, color, and cut out silly hairstyles!

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Seattle Opera Announces BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Seattle Opera Announces BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Julie Musbach - Sep 2, 2017

Before trick-or-treating begins, start the fun this October with Seattle Opera's "riotously funny" (The Australian) The Barber of Seville. Following The Wicked Adventures of County Ory ('16), stage director Lindy Hume and Maestro Giacomo Sagripanti return to create yet another colorful, eye-catching production with toe-tapping melodies-including one of the most iconic overtures of all time. The performance also includes an appearance by Juilliard-trained burlesque sensation, Marc Kenison, who performs in Seattle and beyond as Waxie Moon. Kenison will bring his comedic and dance stylings to the highly physical role of Ambrogio.

Seattle Opera Expands Programs, Performances in 2017/18
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 3, 2017

Opera is for everyone-and so is Seattle Opera's 2017/18 season! There's a new bilingual performance for elementary-school students, new performance venues such as Georgetown Steam Plant, a new mainstage collaboration with ACT Theatre and Seattle Symphony leaders, and even an outdoor performance offered free of charge. Regardless of background or socioeconomic status, this season offers ways for a broad audience to be able to experience opera; it's an open invitation for the Pacific Northwest. 

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