November 22: Met Live in HD presents ‘Barber of Seville’

Stars of Barber of Seville.
Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, and Christopher Maltman in the Met's "Barber of Seville." (Photo courtesy NY Metropolitan Opera.

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2014 – The latest in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 season “Live in HD” movie theater simulcasts will feature one of the most popular operas of all time: Gioacchino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” aka, “The Barber of Seville.”

Yes indeed, that lovable working class hero Figaro is back again to thwart convention, instigate romance and, of course, make plenty of money on the side for his various non-tonsorial services.

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, Saturday’s live broadcast production will feature British baritone Christopher Maltman in his Met debut in the title role; soprano Isabel Leonard as the saucy Rosina; and, as the lovestruck Count Almaviva, the incomparable Lawrence Brownlee whom Washington National Opera and Washington Concert Opera fans will remember as the compact tenor with the brilliantly big voice.

Part of the value-added in these increasingly popular Met simulcasts are the live backstage action between acts and those up-close-and-personal interviews with the opera stars.

In this simulcast, Ms. Voigt will be interviewing all three of “Barber’s” main stars as well as speaking with the Met’s longtime music director James Levine who will be conducting the company’s upcoming “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (“The Master Singers of Nuremberg”), Richard Wagner’s tuneful classic with that famous overture. The date for that simulcast is December 13, 2014.

We’ll also get a backstage glimpse of rehearsals for the Met’s upcoming production of Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow,” which will be the Met’s first 2015 HD simulcast, set for January 17.

And finally, we’re also promised a demo by animal handler Nancy Novograd and Sir Gabriel. Sir G is the donkey that pulls Figaro’s barbershop cart in this production. It will be interesting to see if he cooperates fully in this segment.

The live transmission of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia Live in HD (approximately 3 hours in length) will air in one of your local cinemas on November 22 at 12:55 PM EST, with an encore presentation on November 26 at 6:30 p.m. local time.

For tickets and information, visit the Met’s website for ticket prices and to access lists of local participating theaters near you.

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