In days of old, a barber might perform emergency surgery, prepare a wig for a difficult nobleman, and trim a politician’s speech as well his beard. In addition to holding an occupation that required brains, a steady hand and sharp razors, the barber of quality also knew everybody in town, including the most important people — plus, their affairs.
This weekend, experience the unforgettable story of one city’s top man when the Michigan Opera Theatre presents “The Barber of Seville.” The music and comedic story are considered among the finest of all operas.
The production features many memorable arias, including “Largo al Factotum della Citta,” performed by Rodion Pogossov, who, as Figaro, the barber of the title, claimed to be the luckiest of barbers. But, will he gain what his heart most desires, the love of his life?
There are only five MOT performances, Saturday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21 at the Detroit Opera House. For reservations, phone (313) 237-SING (7464). Click here for details and online reservations.
From Michigan Opera Theatre:
The Barber of Seville
17th century Spain is the setting for Rossini’s comic masterpiece and prequel to The Marriage of Figaro. Desperate to be loved for who he is, not what he has, the affluent Count Almaviva dons a series of disguises so that he may woo the beautiful Rosina incognito. Of course, much drama ensues… Will the Count’s ruse work, or will he be thwarted by others including the conniving Dr. Bartolo? Perhaps the shining example of opera buffa, The Barber of Seville endures today as one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertory.