Where music and drama find each other
“As a subscriber I feel that I get a great deal from my subscription including opera that continues to exceed my expectations. Such is the case for the current production of “Barber of Seville.” Although I had my doubts when informed that the opera was moved into the twentieth century. I also had some trepidation over the fact that many of the cast were ‘local.’ However, I should not have been concerned as the entire production was stellar. I particularly enjoyed Joshua Hopkins whose performance equaled that of many on the international scene. As always, the chorus continues to shine under Lawrence Ewashko. In addition, the Monday evening production, particularly the lighting and direction, added much to the evening’s enjoyment.”
A lovely note received from a long time OL subscriber – Mr. George Pappas
“Opera Lyra’s spirited take on Rossini’s classic comic opera The Barber of Seville has something for everyone. The production brims with a cartoon zaniness and uninhibited joy. From the chorus in their skivvies to the slapstick pranks played on the villain Bartolo there’s plenty of silliness and laugh out loud moments. Then there’s the music, with powerful performances of some of the most timeless melodies in the entire operatic repertoire you’re sure to be singing them in the shower for weeks after.”
Written by Chrissy Steinbock, Apt613
“After 38 years in the opera business, I think I can say without fear of contradiction that this evening’s performance of The Barber of Seville is equal to or better than any given regional opera company’s anywhere in North America in the past year,” said Jeffries, eliciting applause and shouts of “bravo!” from the gathering of opera fans, diplomats and donors.
Caroline Phillips, Ottawa Citizen