Orlando Philharmonic’s Stages Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

This month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will produce Rossini’s comedic opera, The Barber of Seville, with performances Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre!

The Barber of Seville tells the story of how town barber and local nuisance, Figaro, helps the young Rosina escape an unwanted marriage to her elderly guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Meanwhile, Figaro helps the Count Almaviva evade Bartolo’s close watch and win Rosina’s heart through a series of disguises and tricks. Figaro’s aria, “Largo al factotum,” is one of the most recognized in all of opera.

Returning guest opera conductor Joel Revzen, who conducted last year’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, says Rossini’s 200-year-old opera is more relevant today than most would expect:

“You will laugh heartily at the plot, be mesmerized by the vocal artistry on display throughout the opera, and cheer at the end as love triumphs over greed,” he said. “This is truly an opera for people of all ages.”

Directed by Jeffrey Buchman, the cast includes Norman Shankle as Count Almaviva, Matthew Burns as Dr. Bartolo, Edward Parks as Figaro, Julie Boulianne as Rosina, Stephen Morscheck as Basilio and Stephanie Foley Davis as Berta. Eric Pinder, Director in Residence for Florida Opera Theatre, will also make an appearance as Ambrogio. View full bios online at OrlandoPhil.org.

Behind the scenes: Jeffrey Buchman speaks about the upcoming production of The Barber of Seville, plus a glimpse at the rehearsals going on this week:

The Philharmonic’s production will be fully staged with costumes, sets and projected backdrops by Lisa Buck, who designed projections for the orchestra’s May production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Unlike past Philharmonic productions which have featured the orchestra on stage, The Barber of Seville will see the orchestra perform in the pit, a s in grand opera. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.

Entering its 21st season in 2013-2014, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of talented musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. The orchestra has produced opera since the Orlando Opera closed its doors in 2009. Committed to building a sustainable future for classical music, the Philharmonic currently has a budget of $3.6 million, holds an endowment of $4 million, and has maintained a balanced budget every year of its existence. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch

Performances Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Tickets are $20-$82, available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org/opera. Select tickets are half price or $10 on the day of the show for students with a valid student ID.