Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!
What do Bugs Bunny, an Italian aria and a TV commercial have in common? They all contain music from Gioachino Rossini's Italian opera, "The Barber of Seville."
This opera is considered one of the greatest comedic operas of all time, and this weekend the UT Opera Theatre is bringing it to the Bijou Theatre.
"This one is sort of a classic," Marshall Rollings, a second year graduate student in the master's vocal performance program, said. "It's just an outrageous, hysterical, over the top sort of comedy. It's not like it's just funny, it's hysterical and it's a lot of slapstick stuff going on. It's just a fun, enjoyable show to not only watch but to be a part of."
Rollings will be playing the part of Count Almaviva in the production.
The performances of "The Barber of Seville" will be made up of two separate casts, with each cast taking two of the four performances.
"Four performances for one person would be really vocally very straining, because in opera we don't use microphones or anything like that, it is the pure voice and the space," James Marvel, director of the UT Opera Theatre, said. "No professional opera singer could do four shows back to back like that. It just couldn't happen."