Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Erika and the Barber of Seville

Last night we attended a performance of Rossini's Barber of Seville, at the Volksoper. This was not nearly as fancy of an event as Der Rosenkavalier. The opera itself was entrancing and colorful. It was staged in some quasi-50's costuming, and performed on a rotating stage. The first scene was set on the street side of a butcher, a doctor, and a brothel (interesting combination I would say). The baritone sinigng the role of Figaro, the barber, had a powerful, warm and rich voice that could be clearly heard even while singing at his quietest. He had excellent character development, and brought forth the mischievous and comical role of Figaro brilliantly. The role of Rosina was untraditionally performed by a coloratura soprano, instead of a coloratura mezzo-soprano. Nevertheless, her voice was clear and crystalline, floating the highest notes effortlessly. I must admit, I prefer the 3 hour Baraber of Seville to the 4.5 hour Der Rosenkavalier.

Tomorrow is our last day in Vienna and Austria... We will be heading to Bratislava, Slovakia the day after tomorrow. If i remember anything or something noteworthy happens, I will make sure to let you know.

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