October 25, 2013
Orlando Welcomes The Barber of Seville, Plus Ticket Giveaway
Orlando, it's time to fall in love with Opera all over again. Stop thinking of it as something only snooty people do. Think of it as a well crafted performance where the talents of dozens of tremendous artists all work together to tell a story in one of the most beautiful formats ever invented. If that doesn't work, think of it as the original soap opera.
To make it even easier to fall in love, the Orlando Philharmonic have been choosing fun, accessible Operas that reward the audience with humor, intrigue, romance, and cumuppence. All the things you know you love. The Barber of Seville, which will have two shows this weekend (tonight at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm) has all the above and more.
The music of Rossini's The Barber of Seville will be very familiar to audience members. So much has found its way into movies, TV, commercials, not to mention a couple classic episodes of Bugs Bunny Looney Toons. You don't even have to know latin as the words are projected above the stage.
You can't have a performance of The Barber of Seville without a great Figaro. Edward Parks came out of the Met Opera's young artist development program and has a rich background to go with his terrific voice. This is his first time playing the barber Figaro and he delivers a delicious humor filled performance. I was in the process of looking up where he had performed the role before when I was informed of his rookie status.
As with previous Orlando Philharmonic Opera productions, they bring the whole community in. While headliners are often well known in the wider Opera community, much of the other talent is drawn from Orlando's rich pool. One of those talents, graphic designer Lisa Buck, was key to maintaining an atmosphere of opulence you would associate with Seville, but via digital backdrops.
The makeup design, also locally done, significantly aided in helping the often pained, passionate, or astonished expressions carry from the stage into the audience. Nicole Dupre of Empress Makeup (warning auto play music) gets the credit there.
The Barber of Seville only has two showings tonight at 8PM and Sunday at 2PM. You can buy tickets online or at the box office. I have been given two tickets to give away. The winner will be selected from everyone who follows @OrlandoNext and tweets the following message
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