OperaQ are staging comic opera “The Barber of Seville” at QPAC next month on the 200th anniversary of its first performance.
In the show, dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the sassy young maiden Rosina. But Rosina’s guardian is determined to marry her himself until Figaro – king of charisma and silken style – leads the charge to unite the young lovers through a series of hilarious, “foolproof” schemes.
Composer Gioachino Rossini’s razor-sharp, musical wit will be brought to life on the Queensland stage by director Lindy Hume and a cast of Queensland talent including former OperaQ Young Artist Brett Carter alongside Andrew Collis, Virgilio Marino, Shaun Brown, Emily Burke and David Hibbard. The role of Rosina will be shared by two bright OperaQ rising stars, Monique Latemore and Katie Stenzel.
“It’s an opera in which young love and ingenuity defeats the stuffy old status quo and over centuries audiences have absolutely adored the fact that in the end, love conquers all,” Opera Queensland artistic director Lindy Hume said.
“The Barber of Seville is a classic sitcom, in which so many things go wrong. Rossini always loved a feisty heroine who outwitted the men and people are going to absolutely love Rosina and her infectious pizazz.
“Not to forget Figaro, the ultimate sidekick, who creates some of opera’s most hilarious moments. Audiences will have a blast going along for the ride with him.”
Following the Brisbane season, the production will hit the road across Queensland, where nearly 250 Queenslanders will be eagerly waiting to perform in the chorus in their local theatre in eight regional centres.
“While Brisbane will see it first, I’m ecstatic people all across Queensland – many who won’t ever have experienced this opera before – will get to attend and even perform in this special production,” Ms Lindy Hume said.
The Barber of Seville will run from July 9 until July 23 at the Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. To give everyone access to a magical night at the opera, Opera Queensland has released a limited amount of $25 tickets for the show. For tickets, regional dates and more information, visit the Opera Queensland website.
(Pictured: Opera Queensland’s 2008 season of The Barber of Seville)