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Opera on 3: Live from the Met: Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Opera on 3: Live from the Met: Rossini's The Barber of Seville

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Review

Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher scored a hit with his first foray into opera — this Met production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville.

His Looney Tunes-inspired staging was to prove as sharp as barber Figaro’s razor. Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov is the wily Mr-Fix-it here and the hilarious pre-marital upheavals of Count Almaviva and his bride-to-be Rosina are explored with vocal freshness by tenor Alek Shrader and contralto Isabel Leonard.

Everything ends happily, of course, though Mozart had already famously assessed their later, acrimonious discord in The Marriage of Figaro. But that’s another story.

Summary

Bartlett Sher's English adaptation of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, live from New York. Count Almaviva disguises himself as a poor student in the hope of persuading the beautiful Rosina to love him for himself, rather than for his money. Rossini: The Barber of Seville. Isabel Leonard (contralto: Rosina), Alek Shrader (tenor: Count Almaviva), Rodion Pogossov (baritone: Figaro), John Del Carlo (baritone: Dr Bartolo), Jordan Bisch (bass: Don Basilio), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Yves Abel.

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