Lyric Opera keeps touting the movie star good looks of their Almaviva, tenor Alek Shrader. His Rosina, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, aint s’bad either. It does make a more perfect theater piece—if not more believable—to watch two beautiful people wangling to be together. What sets this spectacle apart from the Hollywood variety, however, is the road map put forth by Rossini. Lyric’s Barber of Seville has been a glorious fulfillment of the bel canto tradition: Alek Shrader, Isabel Leonard, and Nathan Gunn as Figaro, sing beautifully.
In a conversation with WFMT’s Noel Morris, Alek Shrader notes that singing Rossini has evolved in recent years:
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Il barbieri di Siviglia runs through February. WFMT’s next live broadcast from the Civic Opera House features Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, Saturday at 7:15 pm.