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Opera Singer Selfies, the Met’s Barber

Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Christopher Maltman (Rosina, Count Almaviva, and Figaro)

Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Christopher Maltman (Rosina, Count Almaviva, and Figaro)

Metropolitan Opera broadcast, Saturday at 11:00 am


Last season, Lyric Opera of Chicago fans cheered Isabel Leonard as the sassy Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. The American mezzo brings it back this weekend (see dress rehearsal video) in the Metropolitan Opera’s Barber of Seville. The Saturday broadcast kicks off a new season of weekly performances from the Metropolitan Opera. The role of the crafty barber, Figaro, will be sung by Christopher Maltman, the suave British baritone who sang Don Giovanni at Ravinia last summer with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. American tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings Count Almaviva.

The Met’s Barber will be led by Michele Mariotti who made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut last season in their production of Barber of Seville. Maestro Mariotti is the son of Rossini scholar Gianfranco Mariotti, and grew up around the opera house where Rossini himself worked. more

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A tweet from tenor Lawrence Brownlee (center) with Paata Burchuladze (left)

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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee tweets about playing Count Almaviva, who disguises himself as a drunken soldier to get close to Rosina

The role of Rosina’s lecherous guardian Don Basilio is being sung by Paata Burchuladze.

Italian bass Maurizio Muraro (Bartolo) has sung Beaumarchais’ doctor in both Mozart’s and Rossini’s operatic renditions of the plays at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Muraro has sung Dr. Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro more than 30 times at the Met.

This week’s opera broadcast begins an hour earlier than usual at 11:00 am.

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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee tweets his homage to Sir Gabriel, a donkey who pulls Figaro’s cart in the Met production

 

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