Barber of Seville at SFOpera
We went to see SFOpera’s Barber of Seville on Thursday. It was a last-minute thing - we discovered there were student rush tickets (only $25 day-of-show) and got amazing seats in Row R (we’re moving up in the world!). During the intermission, we clambered to the highest level of seating and had a look at the beautiful opera house from above. The acoustics up there were actually great, and there is a gorgeous view of the accompanying symphony from up there. We also had a wander around the hall, and found an open door on the second level. I’ll post the rest of the pictures of the view in another post.
The Barber of Seville has opened to rave reviews in SF. And i would have to agree. The sets were gorgeously original - simple in design, but complex in their malleability. The cast were lovely. And i really appreciated the originality of the staging and blocking. Even the lighting was delightful. The final scene is really one for a good chuckle (can’t give it away!).
The story of the Barber of Seville is a rather typical comedic opera - a lecherous old man is trying to wed his charge (who is loaded and half his age). She falls in love with a handsome young man (who is loaded, but pretends to be a pauper). The Barber of Seville (Figero - remember Bugs Bunny?) is the man who makes it all happen - passing letters, arranging meetings, keeping people informed to meet the ends. Love prevails.
We were treated to Daniela Mack’s Rosina, and i couldn’t be happier. She simply stole the entire show (this short video link is the cast we saw).