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The Barber of Seville
October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is a relentlessly madcap pursuit of love through twists and turns, hidden motives and true intentions.
Tenor Aaron Blake returns as Count Almaviva, an aristocrat who falls in love with the lovely Rosina, the niece and ward of Dr. Bartolo. Blake was last seen in Tulsa as Nadir in “The Pearl Fishers,” demonstrating his “handsome voice and exceptional breath control” (Opera News). As the innocent Rosina, Tulsa favorite Sarah Coburn, “whose high-flying coloratura riffs are dazzling indeed” (The Seattle Times), embodies the true spirit of a Rossini heroine. Completing the love triangle is Oklahoman Peter Strummer, who plays “a delightfully pompous Dr. Bartolo …” (A&E Classical).
The coy matchmaker Figaro, played by Steven LaBrie in his Oklahoma debut, schemes and disguises his way to help Almaviva win Rosina’s heart. The Baltimore Sun says LaBrie is “… a lithe, handsome Figaro…[who] …sang robustly, adding many a subtle nuance along the way.” Mexican Roberto Kalb, the Resident Conductor at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, brings freshness and command to the cast and orchestra.