This week the KSO is in rehearsal for the Knoxville Opera Company's production of The Barber of Seville. I love opera. More specifically, I love comic opera. The plots are ridiculous and the music sublime.
The Barber of Seville is considered to be one of the greatest comic operas. From my slight experience with the work through our rehearsals so far, I can attest that this is a deserved reputation. There were times in rehearsal on Saturday when everyone dissolved into laughter. Understand that we were rehearsing in a gym, the cast was not in costume, nor were they performing their staging, and everything was being sung in Italian with no translation. I can't wait for the dress rehearsals at the Tennessee Theater later this week.
The cast for this production of Barber is phenomenal. The singing is great. The acting is exceptional. It's very exciting to be a part of this production.
The KOC performances of The Barber of Seville will take place this Friday, April 23 at 8:00 and Sunday, April 25 at 2:30. More information can be found at the Knoxville Opera Company's website.