Rossini's The Barber of Seville from San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Today at 1 pm: With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Rossini’s witty and charming score. Giuseppe Finzi conducts.

CAST:
Fiorello: Ao Li
Count Almaviva: Javier Camarena
Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
Figaro: Lucas Meachem
Rosina: Isabel Leonard
Don Basilio: Andrea Silvestrelli
Berta: Catherine Cook
Ambrogio: A.J. Glueckert
Notary: Andrew Truett
An Officer: Hadleigh Adams

CONDUCTOR:  Giuseppe Finzi  
San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

ROSSINI has composed operas that seduce the senses with their melodic beauty and the story lines are not too far-fetched. GUGLIELMO TELL [WILLIAM TELL] is my own favorite Rossini opera because the role of Arnoldo [which I have sung] is especially heroic and melodic and there are 8 sustained beaufifully set high Cs in that role. The public knows only the famous OVERTURE, but there is far more to the work, but I doubt if it will ever become a staple, mainly because of the long stretches between outstanding musical set pieces. The performance today of IL BARBIERE was good but not riveting, the timbre of the singers not particularly memorable. They sang the pitches but the text was utililized as mere scaffolding without the diversity of expression the words would have commanded in a spoken drama. Singers must express the words with the same or more expression they tend to give the music.

Sep. 20 2014 08:40 PM
The Marschallin from Manhattan, NY

I am impressed! Especially by Isabel Leonard's Rosina!

Sep. 20 2014 01:56 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well.
Glorious music in this one. Forget that this is a comic opera. There is more to this than the comedic action. One of Rossini's best.

Sep. 20 2014 08:18 AM

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