The Barber of Seville
You don't need to speak Italian to understand this opera. You won't even need to fumble around with a penlight and a program to know what's going on. Gioachino Rossini's masterpiece will have English subtitles projected onto a screen above the stage for an easy, but not distracting, understanding of the action. With Ryan Taylor from the Seattle Opera, Adriana Zabala from the Minnesota Opera, and Victor Ryan Robertson from the Deutsche Opera Berlin, this opera buffa is a comedic delight. Rossini, who composed the work in three weeks when he was twenty-three, relates the tale of Figaro, the all-knowing barber of Seville, who sees his chance to make a fortune at the hands of the lovesick Count Almaviva. The object of the Count's adoration, the lovely Rosina, is confined in the house of her future husband, Dr. Bartolo, but the obstacle proves no match for Figaro. He soon sets into motion a plan to bring the lovebirds together -- and bring himself riches -- that causes an uproar in the town of Seville.
January 24-31, Belk Theater