NFSO Presents Comic Opera “Barber of Seville”
Guest Soloists Perform in Italian with English Supertitles
October 27,2011 Issue
The 2011-2012 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO)
season continues Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Mattie Kelly
Arts Center Mainstage in Niceville will be transformed into 18th
Century Seville, Spain for a performance of Rossini’s comic
masterpiece The Barber of Seville. Regarded as the greatest and
most popular comic opera ever written, The Barber of Seville will
be brought to life by an outstanding cast of guest vocalists and
musicians hailing from New York, Atlanta and Boston.
According to NFSO Conductor
and Music Director Jeffrey Rink, the orchestra will present a “concert
version” performance of the hit opera in Italian with English
supertitles. The orchestra will be seated in the orchestra pit with
the singers on stage, performing with props and suggestions of costumes
and with projections of old Spain on stage to give the audience
a more complete operatic experience.
was inspired by the great success of the NFSO’s performance
last year of Madama Butterfly which left the audience clamoring
for more opera,” says Rink, who has a reputation for bringing
opera to life in concert and was recognized in 2005 with the Jacopo
Peri award from the New England Opera Club for his contribution
to opera in Boston.
“The Barber of
Seville performance is not only an opportunity to hear first class
opera in our local area, but is also a great way to introduce the
thrilling of experience of opera through a totally ‘user-friendly’
version of this art form.”
The role of Figaro, the
world’s most famous and mischievous barber, will be sung by
New York-based David Murray who has performed the role almost 50
times throughout Europe and returns to the NFSO for a guest appearance
after a two-year absence. Additionally, two of the lead roles in
Barber of Seville, Rosina and Count Almaviva, hail from Atlanta—mezzo-soprano
Maria McDaniel and tenor Adam Kirkpatrick. NFSO concertgoers will
remember Kirkpatrick’s beautiful performance of Haydn’s
Creation in April 2009.
Tickets are on sale now
for $32.50 each or $16 for youth age 18 and younger. An active duty
military discount is available for $16 a ticket with a limit of
four tickets. NWFSC students may obtain one free ticket per student
ID in-person from the Box Office.
Purchase tickets online
at www.mattiekellyartsceter.org, by phone at (850) 729-6000, or
at the box office. Additional concert information is available at
www.nfsymphony.org. The box office is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. on show night—tickets
purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets.
The NFSO is
the Emerald Coast's premier professional orchestra and will celebrate
its 25th anniversary next August. The orchestra has performed 25
seasons of the finest in classical fare since 1987.
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