Vancouver Opera’s 2019-2020 season continues with the comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. Memorable melodies and mischievous escapades create frivolous fun in the pursuit of true love.
“Vancouver Opera is thrilled to present Rossini’s comic masterpiece under the direction of Ashlie Corcoran,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera Interim General Director. “This is the 9th time Vancouver Opera has mounted a main-stage production of The Barber of Seville and we couldn’t think of a better production to chase away the February blues than with Rossini’s greatest masterpiece of comedy and music.”
Canadian stage director Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company, returns to the Vancouver Opera mainstage following her 2011 engagement as Assistant Director on The Barber of Seville. Corcoran has previously directed at the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia and professional theatres across Canada. Making his Vancouver Opera debut is Canadian conductor Nathan Brock who began his career in Montreal under Kent Nagano.
First performed at Rome’s Teatro Argentina in 1816, The Barber of Seville is one of Rossini’s most hilarious operas, combining mischievous antics involving theft, secret notes, disguises and bribery all in the pursuit of true love alongside memorable melodies. Edward Nelson makes his Vancouver Opera debut in the entertaining role of Figaro assisting Count Almaviva, tenor Isaiah Bell, in his pursuit of Rosina, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne.
Opening night of The Barber of Seville is Thursday February 13 at 7:30pm, with subsequent evening performances on Saturday February 15 and Thursday February 20 at 7:30pm, and a 2:00pm matinee on Sunday February 23. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Georgia and Hamilton), Vancouver. Tickets start at $50 and are available at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, by telephone (604 683 0222), or online at www.vancouveropera.ca.
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