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Seattle Opera.

The Barber of Seville

Oct. 14-28, 2017

"Action-packed fun!" -The Seattle Times

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By Gioachino Rossini

"Figaro, Figaro, Fi-ga-ro!" This October, get ready for whimsical disguises, good-natured trickery, and plenty of treats for eyes and ears alike! This giddy romp is full of zany schemes worthy of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Romance sparks between savvy Rosina and lovesick Count Almaviva, but she's under the thumb of a ghastly guardian we love to hate. Enter fast-talking Figaro, who's always ready to help young love carry the day.

The Critics say: It's a hit!

Action-packed fun! Excellent singing and persuasive acting from all. From the familiar overture to the sparkling finale, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti sustained the show’s forward momentum with speedy transitions and deft support of the singers. The chorus looked snappy, and appeared to be having a terrific time. And so, judging from the applause levels, did the audiences.” –The Seattle Times

“This would be a great show for a first-time opera-goer to try. But actually, anyone who likes spectacle will be wowed. It’s a crazy bright hilarious production [with] magnificent tunes and voices.” –The Stranger

“Go, go, go! This production is a hoot. Musically it's up there with the company’s best, with both singers and orchestra shining; add to that the acting, the staging, the sets, costumes and lighting—they are marvelous. A zany creation that is incredibly funny and wildly colorful, yet true to the story and never overreaching... The whole experience is sheer delight.” –CityArts

 

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In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including 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 self-styled “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 foil Bartolo’s plans. 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. 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. 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 is clearly 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, beginning a quintet; 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. Rosina’s faith in Lindoro is shattered.

During a 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: Countess, Il viaggio a Reims (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Gilda, Rigoletto (Opera Nacional de Chile); Rodelinda, Rodelinda (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Servilia, La clemenza di Tito (Théâtre du Capitole); Fiorella, Il turco in Italia (Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo)

Last updated: September 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: Berthe, Le prophète (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Aquilio, Adriano in Siria (Theater an der Wien); Olympia, The Tales of Hoffmann (Royal Opera Covent Garden)
Upcoming:
Gilda, Rigoletto (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Adele, Die Fledermaus (Bayerische Staatsoper); Musetta, La bohème (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden)

 

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: Idreno, Semiramide (Opéra national de Lorraine); Tobias Ragg, Sweeney Todd (San Francisco Opera); Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore (Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Opera)
Upcoming: Pedrillo, Abduction from the Seraglio; Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos; and Kedril, From the House of the Dead (Bayerische Staatsoper)

Last updated: September 2017

Matthew Grills

Almaviva

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 14, 20, 22, 25, & 28

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)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Arizona Opera); Mads, Peer Gynt (Theater an der Wien); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio)
Upcoming: Snout, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theater an der Wien); Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Philadelphia)

Last updated: February 2018

 

Andrew Owens

Almaviva

Oct. 15, 18, & 21

John Moore

Figaro

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Steve Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Hometown: Milford (Okoboji), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17); Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan); Jan, Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia); Adario, Les Indes galantes (Bayerische Staatsoper)
Upcoming: Pa, Proving Up, world premiere (Omaha Opera); Achilla, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival)

Last updated: December 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: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker's Yardbird (English National Opera at the Hackney Empire and Lyric Opera of Chicago); Marcello, La bohème (Portland Opera)
Upcoming: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Kentucky Opera); Tommy McIntyre, Fellow Travelers (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Florentine Opera)

Last updated: September 2017

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 (Opera Hong Kong, Pittsburgh Opera, and Florida Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Opera Tampa); Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale (Pittsburgh Opera)

Last updated: September 2017

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
At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Zuniga, Carmen

Hometown: Sydney, Australia 
Seattle Opera Debut: Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’07) 

Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville (’17); The Bonze, Madame Butterfly (’17); Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’16); Fafner/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:  Ramfis, Aida (Seattle Opera); Pogner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Opera Australia); Hunding, Die Walküre, Act One (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

 

Last updated: February 2018

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: Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Old Lady, Candide (Orlando Philharmonic); Mistress Hibbons, The Scarlet Letter, world premiere (Opera Colorado)
Upcoming: Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Seattle Symphony); Soloist, Handel Messiah (Virginia Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: Septemer 2017

Margaret Gawrysiak

Berta

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

Ryan Bede

Fiorello

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Moralès, Carmen

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Priest, The Magic Flute (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Fiorello, The Barber of Seville (’17); Jim Crowley, An American Dream (’17); Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly (’17)
Recently: Moralès/Le Dancaïre, Carmen (Tacoma Opera); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Opera Idaho); Bass soloist, Mozart Requiem (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Upcoming:  Baritone soloist, Duruflé’s Requiem and Ravel’s Don Quichotte a Dulcinée (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo); Soloist, Mozart Masterworks concert (Everett Philharmonic)

Last updated: February 2018

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)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Registrar, Madame Butterfly (’17)
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 2016
Recently: Chorus, The Flying Dutchman, Katya Kabanova, and The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorus, Beatrice and Benedict and Aida (Seattle Opera) 

Last updated: September 2017

Kwangsuk Ku

Officer

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

Marc Kenison/Waxie Moon

Ambrogio

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

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Marc Kenison, internationally known as his burlesque persona Waxie Moon, has performed at various venues throughout Seattle including Key Arena, On The Boards, The Triple Door, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and The Moore Theater. This December, Waxie Moon can be seen in Seattle in Homo for the Holidays. Kension recently directed Above the Fruitless Plains at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

Last updated: September 2017

Marc Kenison/Waxie Moon

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: Ruddigore (Opera Queensland); Carmen (New Zealand Opera); La Cenerentola (Oper Leipzig)
Upcoming: La Cenerentola (Royal Swedish Opera); Athalia (Pinchgut Opera)

Last updated: September 2017

Lindy Hume

Director

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Carmen

Hometown: Giulianova, Italy
Seattle Opera DebutLa Cenerentola (’13)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Barber of Seville (’17); Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Il trovatore (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen); Il viaggio a Reims (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival)
Upcoming: Il trovatore and Il viaggio a Reims (Deutsche Oper Berlin); La favorite (Bayerische Staasoper)

Last updated: December 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: Count Ory (’16); Iphigénie en Tauride (’07); Florencia en el Amazonas (’05)
Recently: Director, The Mikado (Kentucky Opera); Director, Mary Poppins (Musical Theatre West); Choreographer, Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre)
Upcoming: Choreographer, West Side Story (University of South California); Choreographer, Tartuffe (Huntington Theatre); Choreographer, Candide (Alliance Theatre)

Last updated: September 2017

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: Set and Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong); Set and Costume Designer, Billy Elliot the Musical (Waterfront Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand); Set and Costume Designer, Cinderella (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Upcoming: Set and Costume Designer, A Doll's House, Part 2 (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne, Australia); Set and Costume Designer, Twelfth Night (The Playhouse, Brisbane, Australia)

Last updated: September 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: AnacreonErighetta e Don Chilone, and Pigmalion (Pinchgut Opera)
Upcoming: La Cenerentola (Royal Swedish Opera); Athalia (Pinchgut Opera); La bohème (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

Last updated: September 2017

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Cordula Merks, Concertmaster
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Cecilia Poellein Buss
Ayako Gamo
Timothy Garland, Asst. Concertmaster
Clark Story
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky

Violin II
Kathleen Boyer, Principal
Blayne Barnes
Brittany Boulding Breeden
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Andrew Yeung, Asst. Principal

Viola
Susan Gulkis Assadi, Principal
Mara Gearman, Asst. Principal
Alexander Baldock
Penelope Crane
Laura Renz
Rachel Swerdlow

Cello
Nathan Chan, Principal
Bruce Bailey
Walter Gray, Asst. Principal
Charles Jacot

Bass
Joseph Kaufman, Principal
Jonathan Burnstein, Asst. Principal
Todd Larsen

Flute
Jeffrey Barker, Principal
Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby

Oboe
Mary Lynch, Principal
Chengwen Winnie Lai

Clarinet
Benjamin Lulich, Principal
Laura DeLuca

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal
Paul Rafanelli

Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Danielle Kuhlmann

Trumpet
Alexander White, Principal
Michael Myers

Percussion
Michael Werner, Principal
Michael Clark

Guitar
Michael Partington

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

Chorus

Soprano
Jennifer Cross
Melanie Hingson
Dana Johnson

Mezzo-Soprano
Lorraine Burdick
Melissa Plagemann
Susan Salas

Tenor
Nathan Barnes
Joel Cummings
Andrew Etherington
Jon Farmer
Anthony James
Tim Janecke
Karl Reyes
Stephen Wall

Tenor
Dan Aarthun
Michael Dunlap
Craig Grayson
Ben Kramer
Kwangsuk Ku
Dierre Lopez
Julian Reisenthel

Supernumerary

Sergey Smirnov

 

 

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