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The Barber of Seville

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Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28, 2017

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By Gioachino Rossini

Filled with florals, frills, and frivolity, Rossini’s vivacious romp starts with an iconic overture, gains speed with a parade of familiar melodies, and concludes with an “all is forgiven” finale bubbling over with joy. The prequel to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro finds quick-witted Figaro helping Count Almaviva whisk fair Rosina away from her ghastly guardian through a series of schemes fit for a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The “riotously funny” (The Australian) new production delights with colorful sets and costumes inspired by the seductive and playful spirit of southern Spain.

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In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes with 1 intermission

 

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Synopsis

ACT I
Outside the house of Dr. Bartolo in Seville.
Accompanied by the servant Fiorello and a group of hired musicians, Count Almaviva serenades his beloved Rosina from beneath her window. Along comes Figaro—barber, doctor, matchmaker, and selfstyled “factotum” to all of Seville. Figaro informs the Count, his former employer, that Rosina is the ward of old Dr. Bartolo. Rosina drops a letter from her window asking her mysterious serenader to identify himself. In a second serenade, the Count fabricates an identity as a poor student named “Lindoro” (since he wants to be loved for himself, and not his riches). After observing Dr. Bartolo make plans to marry Rosina himself, the Count and Figaro plot to win Rosina for the Count instead. In order to get the Count into Bartolo’s house, Figaro will disguise the Count as a drunken soldier to be billeted there.

Inside the house, Rosina declares her intention to have the man she wants. Dr. Bartolo is furious with Figaro, because the medication Figaro prescribed for Bartolo’s servants has reduced the household to chaos. Don Basilio, Rosina’s singing teacher, warns Bartolo that Count Almaviva has designs on Rosina, and Basilio suggests that slander would be the best way to get rid of him. Bartolo insists they draw up his marriage contract to Rosina immediately. Figaro, who overhears their plot, warns Rosina, promises to deliver a note from her to “Lindoro,” and departs. The suspicious Dr. Bartolo deduces that Rosina has written someone a letter and heckles her. The Count bursts into the house in his drunken soldier disguise and insists that he is to lodge there, despite Dr. Bartolo’s strenuous objections. During an extended Act I finale, their ensuing quarrel becomes a public disturbance.

ACT II
Later that afternoon.
Having gotten rid of the drunken soldier, Dr. Bartolo opens his doors to the Count—disguised this time as Don Alonso, Don Basilio’s substitute music teacher. “Don Alonso” allays Dr. Bartolo’s suspicions by giving Bartolo the letter Rosina wrote to “Lindoro,” and describes his plan to slander Lindoro, who, he claims, is pursuing women on the Count’s behalf. At her singing lesson, Rosina sings an aria from The Useless Precaution, her favorite opera. Meanwhile Figaro, who is giving Dr. Bartolo a shave, manages to steal a key to the house. Don Basilio enters suddenly; but the others quickly boot him out the door, and quintet becomes quartet. Dr. Bartolo finally discovers the lovers’ plot and kicks the Count and Figaro out of his house. Dr. Bartolo asks Don Basilio to fetch the notary so Bartolo can marry Rosina at once. Bartolo shows Rosina her letter and tells her that her “Lindoro” is really wooing her on behalf of another man, Count Almaviva. Shocked and unhappy, Rosina agrees to marry Dr. Bartolo.

After a brief storm, Figaro and the Count, using the stolen key, enter with the intention of liberating Rosina. When Rosina refuses to go with them, “Lindoro” reveals his true identity. Basilio is threatened and bribed into witnessing the marriage of Almaviva and Rosina. Bartolo concedes defeat and blesses the lovers.

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Cast

Sabina Puértolas

Rosina

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Rosina, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Pamplona, Spain
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Giulietta, I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Baluarte); Donna Florilla, Il turco in Italia (Théâtre du Capitole); Despina, Così fan tutte (Royal Opera Covent Garden)
Upcoming: Rodelinda, Rodelinda (Teatro Real de Madrid); Marie, The Daughter of the Regiment (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Gilda, Rigoletto (Ópera Nacional de Chile)

Lasted updated: January 2017

Sabina Puértolas

Rosina

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 14, 20, 22, & 25

Sofia Fomina

Rosina

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Rosina, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
Aquilio, Adriano in Siria (Theater an der Wien); Olympia, The Tales of Hoffmann (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Oscar, Un ballo in maschera (Münchner Opernfestpiele)
Upcoming: Berthe, Le prophete (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse)

Sofia Fomina

Rosina

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 15, 18, 21, & 28

Matthew Grills

Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Newtown, CT
Seatttle Opera Debut
Recently: Tobias Ragg, Sweeney Todd (San Francisco Opera); Pedrillo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Bayerische Staatsoper, Atlanta Opera); Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore (Portland Opera)
Upcoming: Idreno, Semiramide (Opera national de Lorraine); continues as member of the Bayerische Staatsoper ensemble

 

Matthew Grills

Almaviva

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 14, 20, 22, & 25

Andrew Owens

Almaviva

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville; Benedict, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Newton, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Leicester, Mary Stuart (’16)
Recently: Mads, Peer Gynt (Theater an der Wien); Aureliano, Aureliano in Palmira (Caramoor Festival); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Arizona Opera)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio); Chevalier Léon, La mère coupable (On Site Opera)



Andrew Owens

Almaviva

Oct. 15, 18, 21, & 28

John Moore

Figaro

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Figaro, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Milford (Okoboji), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Recently: Jan, Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia); Adario, Les Indes galantes (Bayerische Staatsoper); Moralès, Carmen (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan); Pa, Proving Up, world premiere (Omaha Opera); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017 

John Moore

Figaro

Oct. 14, 20, 22, & 25

Will Liverman

Figaro

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Figaro, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Raimbaud, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Virginia Opera); Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker's Yardbird (Opera Philadelphia and on tour at the Apollo Theater); Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia (Wolf Trap Opera)
Upcoming: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker's Yardbird (Madison Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago for Lyric Unlimited initiative, and English National Opera at the Hackney Empire); Baritone soloist, Brahms’ German Requiem (Las Vegas Philharmonic)

Will Liverman

Figaro

Oct. 15, 18, 21, & 28

Kevin Glavin

Dr. Bartolo

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dr. Bartolo, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Dr. Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (’00)

Recently: Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Pittsburgh Opera and Florida Grand Opera); Sulpice, The Daughter of the Regiment (Pittsburgh Opera)

Kevin Glavin

Dr. Bartolo

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Daniel Sumegi

Don Basilio

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: The Bonze, Madame Butterfly; Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville; Don Pedro, Beatrice and Benedict; Ramfis, Aida

Hometown: Sydney, Australia 
Seattle Opera Debut: Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’07) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’16); Fafner and Hagen, Der Ring des Nibelungen (’09 and ’13) 
Recently: Fasolt/Hagen, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opera Australia); Johnny Iselin, The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera); Walter, Luisa Miller (San Francisco Opera) 
Upcoming: Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville; Don Pedro, Beatrice and Benedict; Ramfis, Aida (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: July 2017



Daniel Sumegi

Don Basilio

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Margaret Gawrysiak

Berta

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Berta, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Marquise, The Daughter of the Regiment (Arizona Opera); Mrs. De Rocher, Dead Man Walking (Dayton Opera); Mistress Hibbons, The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado)
Upcoming: Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Zita/Frugola, Gianni Schicchi/Il tabarro (Opera Company of Middlebury)

Last Updated: January 2017

Margaret Gawrysiak

Berta

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Ryan Bede

Fiorello

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly; Jim Crowley, An American Dream; and Fiorello, The Barber of Seville

Baritone (Tacoma, WA) 
Ryan Bede made his Seattle Opera debut last season as Second Priest in The Magic Flute and sings Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly this summer. He recently performed Moralès/Le Dancaïre in Carmen at Pacific Northwest Opera and Papageno at Opera Idaho. He has also performed with Coeur d’Alene Opera, Tacoma Opera, and Vespertine Opera, among others. Other roles include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. He will return to Seattle Opera later this fall to perform the role of Fiorello in The Barber of Seville.

 

Ryan Bede

Fiorello

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Kwangsuk Ku

Officer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Registrar, Madame Butterfly, and Officer, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Seattle Opera Debut: Messenger, La traviata ('17)
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 2016
Recently:  Chorus, The Flying Dutchman, Katya Kabanova, and The Magic Flute  (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Officer, The Barber of Seville (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: July 2017

Kwangsuk Ku

Officer

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Marc Kenison

Ambrogio

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Ambrogio, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Adjunct Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts
Recently: Waxie Moon, Homo For The Holidays (The Century Ballroom, Seattle); featured performer, The Boylesque Festival (Wisconsin); choreographer, A Winter’s Tale (Seattle Shakespeare)
Upcoming: Featured performer, Northwest New Works Festival (On the Boards); director, Sophomore Generative Ensemble (Cornish College for the Arts)

Last updated: January 2017

Marc Kenison

Ambrogio

Oct. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, & 28

Cast

Creative Team

Lindy Hume

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Sydney, Australia 
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Theodora (Pinchgut Opera, Sydney); Cenerentola (San Diego Opera); Gianni Schicchi (West Australian Opera)
Upcoming: Carmen (New Zealand Opera); Cenerentola (Royal Swedish Opera); Ruddigore (Opera Queensland)

Lindy Hume

Director

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Giulianova, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut:  Count Ory (’16); La Cenerentola (’13)
Recently: Norma (Aalto Theater Essen); I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (Opera de Oviedo)
Upcoming: Gala concert (Bolshoi Theater); Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne); La favorite (Bayerische Staatsoper)

Last updated: January 2017

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: The Barber of Seville

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Salome (’01)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (’07); Florencia en el Amazonas (’05)
Recently: Choreographer, South Pacific (Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis); Choreographer, Guys and Dolls (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Choreographer, Lucia di Lammermoor  (Teatro alla Scala)
Upcoming:   Choreographer, Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre); Stage Director, The Mikado (Kentucky Opera); Choreographer, A Year with Frog and Toad (Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis)

Last updated: July 2016

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

Tracy Grant Lord

Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: The Distance (Melbourne Theatre Company); Falstaff and Rigoletto (Opera Australia); Dear Horizon (Royal New Zealand Ballet at Covent Garden)

Last updated: January 2017

Tracy Grant Lord

Production Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: La cenerentola (Oper Leipzig); Theodora (Pinchgut Opera); The Barber of Seville (Opera Queensland)
Upcoming: Anacreon, Erighetta e Don Chilone, and Pigmalion (Pinchgut Opera)

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

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