New York’s Metropolitan Opera will present a new, family-friendly holiday production of Rossini’s classic comedy “The Barber of Seville”, with deeply discounted tickets, beginning December 18.
This version is in English, abridged to two hours, and will have a special weekday matinee performance, in keeping with the Met’s recent tradition of family-oriented holiday programming. Ticket prices range from $30 to $195.
Bartlett Sher, resident director of the Lincoln Center Theater, will direct this adaptation of his hit 2006 production.
The family version stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty heroine Rosina, Alek Shrader as the dashing Count Almaviva who woos her, Rodion Pogossov as the constantly conspiring Figaro who’s far more than a barber.
Its conductor Yves Abel made his Met debut in 1994 conducting “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, the original version of this hugely popular opera.
Its new English-language libretto is by J. D. McClatchy, the Pennsylvania-born poet who provided the translation for the Met’s holiday production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.
“The Barber of Seville” is the third opera to be presented in English as a Met holiday production, joining “The Magic Flute” and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”.
Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano who sang her first Met performances of Rosina in the 2011-12 season, won the company’s Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers last year. Earlier this season, she sang Miranda in the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest”, which you may have seen in its “Live in HD” performance November 10.
Tenor Alek Shrader made his Met debut in “The Tempest” — singing Ferdinand to Leonard’s Miranda. You may have seen Shrader also in Susan Froemke’s popular documentary “The Audition”, which chronicles his winning performance in the Met’s 2007 National Council Auditions.
Baritone Rodion Pogossov, a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met role debut as Figaro in 2009, and has sung that role 17 more times.
The December 18 opening performance of “The Barber of Seville” will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74, as will the performances on December 22 and 27, and January 3.
The December 22 performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
For more info: “The Barber of Seville”, Metropolitan Opera, www.metoperafamily.org.