On Friday, September 26, I was in attendance as Opera Philadelphia opened its 40th season with a very new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia--very new because director Michael Shell has updated the setting to a modern-day festival week in Seville. We see clowns on stilts, flamenco dancers, and people in all sorts of traditional costume among the chorus and supers. Mr Shell finds inspiration for this production in the films of Pedro Almodóvar, “giving [the] characters a new depth, which ultimately reveals much more heart and humor”...
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|Taylor Stayton (Almaviva), Jennifer Holloway (Rosina) |
and Jonathan Beyer (Figaro)
Photo: Opera Philadelphia, Kelly & Massa