‘Barber of Seville’ Is Final Live At The Met Summer Encore

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen Giochino Rossini’s comic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) as the final offering in the Live at the Met Summer Encore Series of operas on Thursday, at 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited to have presented encore broadcasts of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s most highly acclaimed Live in HD transmissions this summer,” said Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “These productions offer a way for opera buffs to relive some of the Met’s best-loved productions from the past few seasons. They also provide a great way for people unfamiliar with opera to give the genre a try.”

One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia is presented in a production by Director Bartlett Sher. Tenor Juan Diego Florez as Count Almaviva is joined by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Peter Mattei in the title role of the swaggering barber. The production also stars John Del Carlo and John Relyea. Maurizio Benini conducts. Its running time is just under 3 hours.

Live at the Met live opera broadcasts and Summer Encores screenings are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Support for the series also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

Tickets to the Live at the Met Summer Encores Series operas are $15 and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday – Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. The Live at the Met series of Saturday afternoon live, satellite opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera returns with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on Oct. 5.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.