N.C. Opera: The Barber of Seville | Memorial Auditorium | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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N.C. Opera: The Barber of Seville 

When: Fri., April 1, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 3, 3 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$71



If you know anything about Rossini's The Barber of Seville, it's bound to be that the overture has nothing to do with the rest of the opera or that, sixty-five years later, Bugs Bunny's "Rabbit of Seville" is still hilarious. And the opera itself is just as funny, drawing on the same set of earlier plays as Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Both revolve around Figaro—in this case, he is the titular barber—and share many of the same characters. Rossini's opera is a tangle of love, class, and money, with disguises, confused identities, a well timed shave, and, ultimately, marriage, all in the service of a good musical time. Most of these singers are N.C. Opera veterans: baritone Troy Cook (Figaro) sang in La Boheme in 2014, while mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall (Rosina) appeared in Così fan Tutte in 2013. This fully staged performance should be a riot. —Dan Ruccia

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, RALEIGH Friday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; $25–$71; www.ncopera.org

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