“THE BARBER OF SEVILLE” – Presented by the Merola Opera Program, 8/4-7

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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The Merola Opera Program presents Gioachino Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA August 4th through 7th at the Herbst Theatre.  In this production, the leading role of “Rosina” will be shared by Canadian soprano Suzanne Rigden and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, who is returning to Merola for a second summer. Singing the romantic role of “Count Almaviva” are tenors Heath Huberg and Daniel Curran. The iconic role of “Figaro” will be performed by baritones Jonathan Michie and Mark Diamond. Canadian baritone and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals winner, Philippe Sly and Bay Area native John Maynard will share the role of the scheming “Dr. Bartolo”. Rounding out the casts will be mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel and soprano Marina Boudart Harris as “Berta”, and San Francisco bass Adam Lau and Chinese national Peixin Chen as the music teacher, “Don Basilio”.

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“ROSINA” — SUZANNE RIGDEN and RENÉE RAPIER

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“COUNT ALMAVIVA” — HEATH HUBERG and DANIEL CURRAN

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“FIGARO” — JONATHAN MICHIE and MARK DIAMOND

Suzanne Rigden, Deborah Nansteel, Heath Huberg, Jonathan Michie, Philippe Sly, and Adam Lau will appear on August 4th and 6th. Renée Rapier, Marina Boudart Harris, Daniel Curran, Mark Diamond, John Maynard, and Peixin Chen on August 5th and 7th. Sung in Italian with English supertitles
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August 4th, 8:00 pm
August 5th, 8:00 pm
August 6th, 2:00 pm
August 7th, 2:00 pm

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“DR. BARTOLO” — PHILIPPE SLY and JOHN MAYNARD

The Merola Opera Program’s 2011 Summer Season will also include the MEROLA GRAND FINALE at the War Memorial Opera House August 20th at 7:30 p.m.

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“BERTA” — DEBORAH NANSTEEL and MARINA HARRIS

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“DON BASILIO” – ADAM LAU and PEIXIN CHEN

ABOUT THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Il barbiere di Siviglia is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Based on the French play Le Barbier de Séville ou la Précaution inutile by Pierre Beaumarchais, Il barbiere di Siviglia follows the lovely Rosina, who is being courted by both her guardian, Dr. Bartolo and the wealthy Count Almaviva. In an attempt to win her love, and on the advice of the crafty Figaro, Count Almaviva disguises himself as a poor student and sneaks into her household disguised as a music teacher. With Figaro’s help, Count Almaviva wins Rosina’s heart, but the suspicious Dr. Bartolo comes close to discovering the lovers’ plans to elope and sets his own plans to marry Rosina in motion with the help of his friend Don Basilio. Figaro uses all his skills of deception, and bribery, to bring about a happy ending, and in the end the lovers marry. One of the top-ten most performed operas in the world, this popular score contains many delights including Figaro’s famous aria, “Largo al factotum della città”.

Click here for additional information: Merola Opera Program

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GIOACHINO ROSSINI, Composer and ROY RALLO, Director

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