UofT Opera presents.Il barbiere di Sivigliaby Gioachino RossiniRussell Braun, conductorMichael Patrick Albano, directorWesley McKenzie, lighting & production designLisa Magill, costume designThursday, November 25th 7:30pmFriday, November 26th 7:30pmSaturday, November 27th 7:30pmSunday, November 28th 2:30pmLivestream available onthe Faculty of MusicYouTube for allperformances!This production is made possible in part by a generousgift from Marina Yoshida.
Il barbiere di SivigliaMusic by Gioachino RossiniLibretto by Cesare Sterbini,based upon Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre BeaumarchaisConductor: Russell BraunDirector: Michael Patrick AlbanoProduction & Lighting Design: Wesley McKenzie*Costume Design: Lisa MagillChorus Preparation: Sandra HorstContinuo: Spencer KryzanowskiStage Manager: Kate Porter** Assistant Director: Mario PachecoRossini Specialist and The Azrieli Foundation Opera Visiting Artist:Carmen SantoroThis opera production is made possible in part by a generous gift from Marina Yoshida.Additional support for costumes generously provided by Janet Stubbs.The opening night performance is made possible by the Estate of Morton Greenberg.CastNov. 25/27Nov. 26/28Figaro, jack-of-all-tradesDanlie Rae AcebuqueAlex Mathewscurrently working as a barberCount Almaviva, disguised as “Lindoro”Angelo MorettiDavid Walshin love withRosina, a young heiressAlessia VitaliAlex Hetheringtonthe ward ofDoctor Bartolo, an elderly physicianLuke NoftallJames Coole-Stevensonintent on marrying herDon Basilio, Bartolo’s confidantJun Lam (Wesley) HuiJun Lam (Wesley) HuiAnd Rosina’s music-masterBerta, Bartolo’s servantHeidi DuncanNoelle SlaneyFiorello, Almaviva’s servantCameron MartinMikelis RogersAmbrogio, Bartolo’s servantBenjamin DoneBurak YamanA Police SergeantDante Mullin-SantoneChristian UmipigA NotaryJacob ThomasJacob ThomasAn UndertakerLissy MeyerowitzIneza MugishaA ChambermaidRayna CrandlemireAlexa FrankianMusicians & SoldiersJamal Al Titi, Benjamin Done, Cameron Martin, Antonio Mendicino, Dante Mullin-Santone, MikelisRogers, George Theodorakopoulos, Jacob Thomas, Christian Umipig, Simon VandenbergBurak YamanUnderstudy Don Basilio – George TheodorakopoulosThe action of the opera takes place in Seville, Spain in the mid nineteenth centuryThere will be one intermission of 20 minutes after Act 1*Production designed by Wesley McKenzie utilizing an existing design by Fred Perruzza**By permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity AssociationWe wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands ofyears it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of theCredit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across TurtleIsland and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
Our performances this fall are given in acknowledgement and remembrance of Miah Im and theexemplary, positive impact she made on our program from 2008-2012.SURTITLES written by Gunta Dreifelds and produced and operated by John Sharpe.SURTITLES invented at the Canadian Opera Company in 1983 and introduced worldwide with theirproduction of Elektra by Richard Strauss.OrchestraViolin 1Esder Lee, PrincipalRaphael SalongaSophia ThautEmma Reader-LeeViolin IIQiyue He, PrincipalAmelia McNivenFontaniJaedon DalySophia WonViolaGrace Moon, PrincipalVena LinDaphne BlancheWaggenerSamantha MakCelloIsaac Lee, PrincipalSirui ChenBrendan RogersFluteEsther HwangHorn IAnna DingOboeLuca OrtolaniHorn IIShin Yu WangClarinetJuliette MorenoBassoonGabrielle Louise EberPercussionAndrew BellGuitarJames BakerDouble BassMac VanduzerProductionTechnical Director, MacMillan TheatreTechnical AssistantProduction AssistantProduction ManagerAssistant ConductorCo-Head of WardrobeCo-Head of WardrobeHair & Makeup DesignerAssistant Stage ManagerProperties DesignerRépétiteurDiction CoachIan AlbrightLes StockleyRoss HammondChristina BellSandra HorstAlessia UrbaniAndrew NasturzioDes’ree GreyTara MohanMarie GravelleSpencer KryzanowskiJason NedeckyU of T Opera at the Faculty of Music, University of TorontoDirector of Musical StudiesSandra HorstResident Stage DirectorMichael Patrick AlbanoHead of Music StaffAndrea GrantResident Opera SpecialistRussell BraunMusical CoachingRachel Andrist, Kate Carver, Wendy Nielsen,Steven Philcox, Daniel Taylor, Laura TuckerDictionJason Nedecky, Ilana ZarankinDanceAnna TheodosakisScheduling & AdministrationChristina BellLibrarian, Performance CollectionKaren WisemanBy Arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, Sole Agent in the U.S., Canada andMexico for Casa Ricordi/Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.R.I., publisher and copyright owner.
SynopsisAct I, scene 1 - Outside of Dr. Bartolo’s house, early morning.Count Almaviva, a Spanish nobleman, has fallen in love with Rosina, the wealthy ward of the elderly physician,Dr Bartolo, who plans to marry her himself. Almaviva has followed Rosina from Madrid to Seville, disguisinghimself as an impoverished student named Lindoro.From the street outside Dr Bartolo’s house, Almaviva serenades Rosina. Unfortunately, the serenade producesno response from Rosina, so Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, a barber, who prides himself on his ability tomanage affairs of the heart. They realize that they have, in fact, met before, and Almaviva explains why he is inSeville incognito. He is delighted to discover that Figaro is a general factotum, who enjoys easy access to theBartolo household. Lured by the promise of money, Figaro devises a plan whereby Almaviva can gain accessto Rosina by pretending to be a drunken soldier billeted with Dr. Bartolo.Act I, scene 2 - The drawing room of Dr. Bartolo’s house, that afternoon.Figaro has managed a brief meeting with Rosina before Bartolo appears and questions Rosina about herconversation with Figaro. When Rosina’s singing teacher Don Basilio arrives, Bartolo brings him up to date onthe situation with Rosina. Bartolo suspects Rosina of writing a letter to ‘Lindoro’; when she defends herinnocence, he warns her not to trifle with him, advising her to find more plausible excuses for a man of hisstanding.Almaviva, now disguised as a soldier, arrives to take up his ‘billet ’in Bartolo’s house. Rosina is of coursedelighted when he reveals that he is really her secret admirer. Bartolo’s annoyance at Almaviva’s drunkenbehaviour causes such a row that the militia are called by the neighbours. The Count, however, escapesarrest, much to Bartolo’s annoyance.IntermissionAct 2 - The drawing room of Dr. Bartolo’s house, that eveningAssuming yet another disguise, Almaviva enters the house as Don Alonso, a music teacher who says he hascome to give Rosina her music lesson in place of Don Basilio, who, he claims, has suddenly fallen ill. To gainBartolo’s trust, Don Alonso reveals that he has intercepted a note from Almaviva to Rosina. Bartolo fetchesRosina for her lesson. While Bartolo dozes, Rosina and ‘Lindoro ’express their love and make plans to elopethat night.Figaro arrives to shave Bartolo. He manages to steal the key to Rosina’s balcony and lures Bartolo away fromthe music room by smashing a pile of crockery. All is going to plan until Don Basilio unexpectedly appears, butFigaro quickly pays him off and Basilio withdraws. Figaro resumes shaving Bartolo and tells Rosina of his planfor the lovers to make their escape. Bartolo, however, has not been entirely duped, and sees throughAlmaviva’s disguise. The game is up for the lovers – albeit temporarily.Berta, Bartolo’s housekeeper, and herself in love with the old man, ruefully comments on the foolishness of oldmen wanting to marry young wives. When Bartolo discovers that there is plotting afoot, he decides to marryRosina without delay. He confronts Rosina with a letter she addressed to Lindoro and catches her by surprisewhen he makes her believe that Lindoro is clearly acting on Almaviva’s behalf.Following a violent thunderstorm, Figaro and Almaviva climb into the house by way of a ladder. They areconfronted by Rosina who is angry at being ‘used ’by Lindoro – until she learns that he is in fact Almaviva andfalls willingly into his arms. Figaro is anxious for the lovers to be off, but they discover they are unable maketheir escape because Bartolo has removed the ladder.Basilio returns with the notary who is ready to marry Rosina to her guardian, but a bribe and a threat easilypersuade Basilio to instead witness the marriage of Rosina to Almaviva. After arriving too late with the police,Bartolo is obliged to acknowledge amid the general celebration that he has lost Rosina.
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