Comediants present The Barber of Seville
Spanish troupe Comediants presents Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Canadian singer Joshua Hopkins as Figaro.
Toronto audiences will discover love has a sense of humour with the COC’s new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants. The group wowed Toronto when they brought their unbounded vitality to the recent COC presentation of Cinderella.
In The Barber of Seville, the Spaniards take on Rossini’s greatest comedy and their cubist-inspired set plays with scale and proportion, while bursts of day-glo colour and innovative lighting conjure a fantasy world hovering between fairytale and vaudeville. The wily barber Figaro is sung by Canadian Joshua Hopkins (2013’s La Bohème),
an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority (Globe and Mail). Count Almaviva, the young suitor that Figaro assists, is American Alek Shrader, noted as
possibly one of the most exciting young tenors on the planet (Seen and Heard International). The role of the charming heroine Rosina is shared by two exciting mezzo-sopranos, Italian Serena Malfi and American Cecelia Hall.
- Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2 pm.
- Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 pm.
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm.
- Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm. *
- Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
- Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
* The Ensemble Studio perform Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm on the mainstage. This special performance stars Ensemble Studio members with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Barber of Seville conductor Rory Macdonald and artistic production team Els Comediants.