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What You Need to Know About Lyric’s Production
September 28 – October 27
CHICAGO (8/15/2019) – In Rossini’s best-known comic masterpiece, a young woman refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. With the help of the know-it-all town barber, a bold young count hopes to marry her himself. Can this unlikely duo win their heroine’s heart before it’s too late? 

  • First show of Lyric’s 65th season: A delightful production of the perennially popular Rossini opera gets the 2019/20 season off to an effervescent start.

  • Opening Night glamour: Dress up in your best gown or tuxedo and join us on the red carpet for this grand Lyric tradition on Saturday, September 28, with the option of purchasing tickets to the Opera Ball at the Hilton Chicago for the ultimate elegant post-performance celebration (lyricopera.org/openingnight or call 312-827-5682 for Opera Ball reservations).

  • For new opera-goers: The overture music that opens the show lets you know right away that you’re in for a good time, with lots to laugh at and smile about.

  • Charming rom-com: Secrets, silly ruses, outlandish plot twists, and sparkling melodies, all in the name of love.

  • Ebullient music led by Lyric’s music director: Sir Andrew Davis is on the podium to start his 20th season as principal conductor at Lyric. Michael Black is chorus master.

  • Captivating visual delights from a team of Tony Award winners & nominees: Enjoy director Rob Ashford‘s lovely and airy production, with sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, and lighting by Howard Harrison.

  • Playful virtuosic performances: Adam Plachetka is clever Figaro, the wily barber at the center of the plot. Marianne Crebassa is the lovely and spirited Rosina, with Lawrence Brownlee as her multiply disguised sweetheart, Count Almaviva. Alessandro Corbelli plays Rosina’s old guardian Bartolo, and Krzysztof Bączyk (Lyric debut) is her hypocritical music teacher Basilio.

  • Eight chances to check it out: September 28 and October 2, 5, 1013, 18, 21, 27 (bold = matinees).

  • Music you know: From the exuberant overture that’s become pop culture’s go-to operatic shorthand, to the exultant crowing of the title character — “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” — all this and more by a 24-year-old master of his craft.

  • See the opera that inspired “The Rabbit of Seville,” the brilliant Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd caper cartoon.

  • A timeless operatic comedy: Rossini’s music scampers, frolics, clambers, surprises, and cavorts on every page of the score.

  • 3 hours and 5 minutes, including 1 intermission.

  • Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

  • For more information and to order tickets, visit lyricopera.org/barber or call 312-827-5600.

  • For information about pre-performance dining options at Lyric, visit lyricopera.org/dining to learn about on-site restaurants, beverage service, and more.

From: Lisa Middleton, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Holly H. Gilson
Senior Director, Communications

Magda Krance
Director of Media Relations

Marianna Moroz
Public Relations Manager

About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

To learn more about Lyric’s current season, go to lyricopera.org. You can also join the conversation with @LyricOpera on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. #Lyric1920 #LongLivePassion

Lyric’s presentation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville generously made possible by the Abbott Fund, Liz Stiffel, and Allan and Elaine Muchin.
The Barber of Seville is an original Lyric production.
Opening Night Gala Sponsor: Aon
Opera Ball Cosponsors: ITW, Northern Trust



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