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Staff Pick: The Barber of Seville

By Jennie McKeon

Opening this weekend is Rossini’s classic, comedic opera, “The Barber of Seville.” The story follows a love-struck Count Almaviva try to woo the charming Rosina away from her marriage to Dr. Bartolo. The opera is sung in Italian, but the comedy transcends language barriers as you watch characters dress in disguise, creating hilarious chaos.

“I have been fortunate to have directed, performed and attended over 30 productions of this comic masterpiece and always find myself smiling and laughing out loud as I study and re-acquaint myself with its score,” said director Kyle Marrero.

The cast includes Jane Redding as Rosina, Brian Downen as Count Almaviva, Kevin Glavin at Dr. Bartolo, Ashraf Sewailam as Basilio, Mitchell Hutchings as Fiorello and Michael Mayes as Figaro.

“He’s top notch,” Hutchings said of Mayes.

Under the direction of Kyle Marrero and conducted by Jerome Shannon, not to mention the talented singers, Pensacola Opera productions offer high-quality entertainment.

“It’s a fantastic company,” Hutchings said. “Maestro Shannon and Marrero are both fantastic.”

And don’t worry, unlike a lot of operas, “The Barber of Seville,” does have a happy ending.

“Nobody dies, it’s a light, playful opera,” Hutchings said.

Want to go backstage? You can meet with the artists and director of “The Barber of Seville” after Friday’s show at 10:30 p.m. while enjoying a catered dinner, wine and champagne at Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $35 per person.

On Sunday, January 27 at 11:45 a.m. join in on the Director’s Brunch at Jackson’s Steakhouse to learn more about Pensacola Opera while sipping mimosas. Tickets for the brunch are $40 per person. Reservations are required. You can save your spot by calling 433-6737.

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox
COST: $30-$110
DETAILS: 433-6737 or pensacolaopera.com