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2021/22

Season

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini

Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based upon Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre Beaumarchais

This opera production is made possible in part by a generous gift from Marina Yoshida.

It is almost two hundred and fifty years years since the playwright, Pierre Beaumarchais created the character of Figaro, yet the charming, resourceful barber remains one of the most beloved figures in comic opera. Sterbini’s witty libretto and Rossini’s effervescent score combine to make The Barber of Seville one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the entire repertory. Sung in Italian with English surtitles, the production is designed by Wesley Mackenzie with costumes by Lisa Magill. Michael Patrick Albano directs and Russell Braun conducts, with coaching by Carmen Santoro, Rossini Specialist and The Azrieli Foundation Opera Visiting Artist.

Il barbiere di Siviglia will be livestreamed from MacMillan Theatre on the Faculty of Music YouTube channel.

November

2021

MacMillan Theatre

Thursday

Nov 25

7:30 pm

Friday

Nov 26

7:30 pm

Saturday

Nov 27

7:30 pm

Sunday

Nov 28

2:30 pm

Disobedience

Libretto by Michael Patrick Albano

Music by the Opera Student Composer Collective

Since its inception, the Opera Division’s student composer collective has tackled issues of historical and social significance through the creation of new opera. In Disobedience, art itself comes under scrutiny as real and fictional characters debate the purpose of drama in our lives. Arguments are exchanged and passions revealed as the advocates of tradition confront progressive voices who desire a theatre which will not lecture society but rather reflect it.

Made possible in part by a generous gift from Dianne W. Henderson.

January

2022

MacMillan Theatre

Sunday

Jan 23

2:30 pm

Artistic Team:


Conducted by Andrea Grant
Directed by Mario Pacheco

The Tender Land

Music by Aaron Copland

Libretto by Horace Everett

Following his successful production of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, director Tim Albery, The Azrieli Foundation Opera Visiting Artist, returns to stage the Opera Division’s premiere of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans and James Agee’s novel, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Copland and his librettist Horace Everett have fashioned a unique coming of age story set in rural America. The narrative follows the journey of Laurie Moss, a young woman who struggles between loyalty to home and family and her compelling need to make her own way in the world. This new production is designed by Michelle Tracey. Sandra Horst conducts.

March

2022

MacMillan Theatre

Thursday

Mar 17

7:30 pm

Friday

Mar 18

7:30 pm

Saturday

Mar 19

7:30 pm

Sunday

Mar 20

2:30 pm