dateDecember 09, 2008
categoryOpera Carolina News
The Barber of Seville Returns to Delight
Charlotte, NC – The world’s most celebrated barber, Figaro, returns to Charlotte, but haircuts aren’t the only tasks on his agenda. Figaro must devise a masterful plot to unite the amorous couple Rosina and Count Almaviva underneath the nose of the envious Doctor Bartolo, who wishes to marry Rosina himself. In a whirlwind of deception and diversion, The Barber of Seville is one of Gioachino Rossini’s most beloved comic masterpieces and an opera favorite for audiences of all ages. Victor Ryan Robertson (Don Giovanni) returns to Opera Carolina as the enamored Count Almaviva and is joined by Ryan Taylor (Cinderella) as Figaro and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala as Rosina. Conductor Tyrone Patterson, Music Advisor & Principal Conductor for Manitoba Opera and Artistic Advisor to Opera Hong Know, will lead the cast through some of opera’s most recognized arias and melodies that will leave you humming all the way home from Seville
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, National Gypsum, Cadwalader, 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.