Opera Review: Lyric’s “The Barber of Seville”

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

The Lyric Opera of Chicago had a terrific opening night!

BTSCelebs was given the opportunity to attend last night’s performance of “The Barber of Seville”. This delightful Italian classic came to life through Lyric’s wonderful adaptation. From the flawless singing to the hilarious acting, Lyric’s production is absolute perfection! Stars Marianne Crebassa and Lawrence Brownlee literally make you believe they are the hopelessly in love couple Rosina and Count Almaviva, while Adam Plachetka excels as the meddling barber/matchmaker Figaro. Alessandro Corbelli is absolutely hilarious as Rosina’s elderly guardian Bartolo, and Krzysztof Bączyk’s Lyric debut as the pious music instructor Basilio was unforgettable.

As many fans know, “The Barber of Seville” is centered on Rosina and Count Almaviva’s lighthearted romance. It was love at first sight for Rosina and the Count. After their first chance meeting, he serenades her outside her home, until Figaro concocts a plan to sneak him into her house to see her again. The two men’s wild journey begins as the Count impersonates a soldier and a music instructor to secretly meet his love. Little did they know, the fight against her elderly suitor Bartolo will prove to be the biggest challenge of all.  Thankfully, the Count’s monumental secret is his most powerful weapon.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

I can’t discredit any of the performers in this opera production! Everyone gives 100%, and I applaud them all. Director Rob Ashford, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, chorus master Michael Blackset, set designer Scott Pask, costume designer Catherine Zuber and more all deserve standing ovations. Bravo!

BTSCelebs highly recommends “The Barber of Seville” for all ages. You can catch the remaining seven performances on October 2, 5, 10, 13, 18, 21 and 27  at The Lyric Opera House in Chicago, IL.

BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to The Silverman Group and The Lyric Opera of Chicago for the press passes. 

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