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  The Barber of Seville at Lyric Opera

The Barber of Seville

Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

Gioachino Rossini's opera comes to life courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago. This delightfully funny story of young love unfolds in Spain, and finds Count Almaviva striving to win the love of the beautiful Rosina. But to rescue her from her awful guardian, the Count enlists the help of the town's busybody barber, the famed Figaro, who ends up creating mostly mayhem with his disguises and schemes. With a triumphant overture made famous through other mediums -- think Bugs Bunny -- The Barber of Seville appeals to both opera newbies and aficionados. Baritone Nathan Gunn stars in the title role.

Thru - Feb 28, 2014

Price: $34-$244

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

Running Time: 3hrs; one intermission

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  The Barber of Seville Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...In sum, Lyric is giving us a thoroughly engaging new "Barber of Seville" that should serve the company honorably for years to come, provided the company can continue to stock its performances with singing and conducting of the high quality in evidence here."
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John von Rhein

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Lyric Operaís new version of Rossiniís comic ďThe Barber of SevilleĒ moved into the Civic Opera House on Saturday night. At times I missed the old one, introduced in 1989 and last seen in 2008, with its slyly cartoonish Magritte-style sets, hilarious approximation of an umbrella-destroying rainstorm and breakneck pace. But the new production, set in elegant Old Spain and propelled by a cast thatís strong from top to bottom, has its charms as well."
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Wynne Delacoma

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...This production is tip-top, a consistently clever and insightful interpretation, right down to the contemporary language of the supertitles and hilarious choreography that brings the humor full circle via the superb Lyric Opera menís chorus. By the time we reach the happy conclusion in a flurry of rose petals, Gunnís Figaro has us all in the palm of his hand, and the harsh weather outside the walls of the Opera House seems very far away indeed. A triumph."
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Lori Dana

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...In recent years the Lyric Opera of Chicago has imported a number of director-designer teams from the theater side to bring fresh ideas. By now it's a solid tradition, and although the success rate has been mixed, Ashford's work shows how valuable it can be to address an old standard from a smart new perspective. This "Barber" fairly dances."
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Nancy Malitz

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...The orchestra played with its usual musicality and warmth for the young Italian conductor Michele Mariotti; while the playing he elicited was generally sensitive and often quite lively, with some especially magical moments in the second act, greater brilliance from the strings would often have been welcome. Yet on the whole, the combined efforts of Rossini and the Lyric provide much to enjoy in this evening of lilting bel canto, hijinks, and all-around high spirits."
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Samuel Wigutow

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...In other words, this all-new production of The Barber of Seville is not only an extremely pleasurable night of opera and theater, but one with shades of deeper meaning that linger deep into the night as you regretfully say goodbye to the gilded interiors of the Lyric and return to daily routines that arenít nearly as decadent, colorful or dynamic."

Tom Lawler

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