In today’s Opera Insights lecture, we’ll examine some of the highlights of Rossini’s greatest comic opera, The Barber of Seville. Using video examples and presiding at the piano, Dr. Nic will show us what it is about this delightful comedy that keeps us coming back to it. Comedy in music is extraordinarily difficult, but Rossini made it seem easy. Today we’ll examine why that’s so, and here’s a hint: it’s all in the timing. The combination of rhythmic drive, sparkling melodies and comic timing make Barber one of the great musical comedies of all time and in this session we’ll take our time to appreciate its delights!
Are you all ready for your Rossini fix? As we look forward to San Diego Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville, we’re taking a deep dive into the great composer’s life with Dr. Nic! SD Opera presents a four-part virtual lecture series leading up to their production of The Barber of Seville and invites San Diego Public Library patrons to attend these lectures in celebration of the library's 65th anniversary of the Opera Insights Series.
Please visit the San Diego Opera's website for more information about their upcoming production of The Barber of Seville(link is external).
Text and image courtesy of SD Opera