Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Opera Oggi’s production of Barber of Seville!
Opera Oggi New York offers two performances of this comic masterpiece with exceptional artists whose mission it is to connect with new audiences. As soon as the overture of this perennial favorite begins, it is clear Rossini’s music is some of the most well-known and most accessible in all of opera. The Barber of Seville tells the story of the triumph of love over adversity with the help of a wily wing man and plenty of disguises, misunderstandings and hilarity. This opera is surely one of the best by which to introduce new comers to this incredible art form.
March 24th at 4 PM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Clinton Hill 230 Classon Ave.
March 31st at 4 PM at Flatbush Reformed Church in Flatbush 890 Flatbush Ave.
Rashard Deleston as Figaro
Sonya Rice as Rosina
Erik Bagger as Count Almaviva
Ivan Amaro as Dr. Bartolo (former Cantor of Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush)
Dominique Rosoff as Basilio
Janette Lallier as Berta
Jordan Shaner as Fiorello
The cast includes artists from Opera Oggi’s Young Artist Program which helps artists to develop a deep connection to the expression of the music and characters of opera. This dedication to deeply honest performance makes the work of this company of singers profoundly affecting; it is the basis for the outreach mission to reignite a love of opera in veterans and inspire it in new followers.