dateJanuary 13, 2009
categoryOpera Carolina News
Renaissance Man Sings for Love in
Match-making never assumed a more unusual persona than Figaro, the heralded barber of Seville. His most recent match, however, requires clever deception and cunning. Count Almaviva implores the barber to help him win the heart of the beautiful Rosina and steal her away from her betrothed, the cantankerous Dr. Bartolo. Victor Ryan Robertson (Don Giovanni) returns to Opera Carolina as the enamored Count Almaviva who, with the help of his friends, is able to win the hearts of both Rosina and the audience.
A Renaissance man of song, American tenor Victor Ryan Robertson has been praised for his performances on a variety of musical stages: from opera to pop, contemporary to Broadway. After his debut in London as Rodolfo in Francesca Zambello’s production of La bohéme, Mr. Robertson was touted as an “appealing, well-defined tenor with plenty of energy” and a “dashing Rodolfo [who] delivers body and soul.” He later performed the role again in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of La bohéme that boasted 82 consecutive sold out shows. Recently, Mr. Robertson performed in the Off-Broadway production of Three Mo’ Tenors: “Among the three artists, however, Victor Robertson was the standout. A true creature of the stage, Robertson’s natural charm comes across in every song performed. Comfortable in most musical genres, Robertson has an organic panache that makes audiences root for him.” His upcoming performance with Opera Carolina promises to follow in the illustrious footsteps of his past achievements, culminating in one of opera’s most adored love affairs as Almaviva and Rosina are united in marriage.
The Barber of Seville will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center January 24 at 8:00 p.m., January 25 at 2:00 p.m. and January 29 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional Saturday performance January 31 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us at www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at Opera Carolina Cast Bios. To download images of this production please visit Opera Carolina Media Photos. Current images available include production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.
The Barber of Seville will be sung in Italian with projected English titles. Opera Carolina’s productions of The Barber of Seville is recommended for audiences of all ages and is rated G. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Time Warner Cable. Additional support provided by Grubb Properties, Cadwalader, National Gypsum, Crosland, Goodrich, and U.S. Airways. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer. Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season!
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.
Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.