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BARBER IS BOFFO

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Historians and keen students of politics (yo, National Review and Texas Observer) will want to take note that last night Wick and I went to the Dallas Opera in this year of its 50th anniversary to see Rossini’s Barber of Seville. In a word, magnificent. In more words, go to the jump.

This second in the Opera’s current season is said to be one of the best ways to get into opera, as is duly noted in the DO’s radio promos for the Barber, which even links its music to use with pop culture characters like Bugs Bunny. Whatever. It’s light comic fare, easy to follow, and now with English translations above the stage, even easier. But what you come for, and go away with, is the majesty of the music. Opera truly does meld the great creative theatrical elements.

The performances of Giorgio Caoduro as Figaro, Donato Distephano as Doctor Bartolo and the luscious Vivica Genaux as Rosina were “bravo” worthy and the audience gave it up. But everyone was terrific, and some of the scenes, especially in the first act, were transcendent with energy and excellence. I’m sure this was one of the best live performances of anything I’ve seen in Dallas.

And thanks to Wick, a season ticket holder who probably got stood up by Laura Miller at the last minute and had to hunt a wingman. It was a great evening, and I look forward to many more visits.

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