Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), partnering with The Met: Live in HD, will present, Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Saturday, Nov. 22, at 12:55 p.m. The broadcast will run approximately 3 hours 25 minutes with one intermission. A complimentary lecture by Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will start at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 seniors and $10 for children. For tickets, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838.
The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera. Il Barbiere di Siviglia features a dynamic young cast that includes Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame Count Almaviva, Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, Figaro. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.
Many of the characters from Il Barbiere di Siviglia also appear in Le Nozze di Figaro, which is based on the sequel play by the same author, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Isabel Leonard appears in both operas at the Met this season, though in different roles. The third play in the trilogy, The Guilty Mother, was adapted into operas by Darius Milhaud and Inger Wikström.