Opera Night Saturday 16 January 2021
Tonight we have a 2007 Met production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Audiences went wild for Bartlett Sher’s dynamic production, which found fresh and surprising ways to bring Rossini’s effervescent comedy closer to them than ever before. The stellar cast leapt to the challenge with irresistible energy and bravura vocalism. Lawrence Brownlee is Count Almaviva, who fires off showstopping coloratura as he woos Joyce DiDonato’s spirited Rosina—with assistance from Russell Braun as the one and only Figaro, Seville’s beloved barber and man-about-town. (Russell Braun Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Photo Ken Howard Met Opera)
Karel Mark Chichon leads the Metropolitan Opera cast in one of Verdi’s most enduringly popular operas and brings fresh insights to this beloved score. Aleksandra Kurzak (pictured) is poignant and touching as Violetta, the consumptive courtesan who finds true love with Alfredo, sung with style and passion by Dmytro Popov. Quinn Kelsey is Germont, Alfredo’s father, who forces the two apart, setting in motion events that lead to a shattering and tragic conclusion.