2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival: The Barber of Seville
Traditional opera lovers will be rolling in the aisles with Rossini’s ever-popular The Barber of Seville in its first FWOpera production since the 2002-2003 season. Beloved for its energetic and recognizable melodies, as well as its notoriously difficult virtuosic passages, this romantic romp will feature a cast of fresh FWOpera faces.
Desperately in love, Count Almaviva - sung by Andrew Stenson in his FWOpera debut - is desperate to win the affections of the beautiful and charming Rosina - portrayed by Megan Marino, also making her FWOpera debut. Standing in the way of their happiness is Rosina’s guardian and all-around curmudgeon Dr. Bartolo - sung by Tyler Simpson (Così fan tutte) - and the meddling music teacher Basilio - sung by Kyle Albertson in his FWOpera debut. Guiding the antics and action of the story is 2014 McCammon Voice Competition winner Joo Wan Kang as Almaviva’s trusted confidant and barber, Figaro.
FWOpera favorite David Gately (Ariadne auf Naxos, Così fan tutte, La Traviata) directs while FWOpera Music Director Joe Illick brings Rossini’s dazzling music to life.