• Darrel Magpali

Western Plains Opera Presents The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville, a romantic comedy opera will be performed by the Western Plains Opera (WPO) at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall today at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

“It’s a combination of imported and local talent,” Eric Furuseth, president of WPO and professor of English and humanities at MSU, said.

Philip Zawisza, a tenor from Minnesota, had a successful career in Europe. He will be playing Figaro, the barber of the title. Remaining cast members includes, Gabrielle Razafinjatovo as Rosina, the young ward of Bartolo; Chris Holmes as Bartolo, Rosina’s guardian; and Carlos Feliciano as Count Almaviva. They are accompanied along with the local performers, and college students, who will fill out the cast and play the important secondary roles.

Gioachino Rossini based “The Barber of Seville” on Pierre Beaumarchais’ French comedy “Le Barbier de Séville.” The play follows the story of Count Almaviva, who wishes to make Rosina fall for him. Bartolo, who has taken Rosina as his young ward, plans to marry her when she is of age.

“There’s chorus, it’s a full orchestra, it’s a big extravaganza,” Furuseth said.

Music Director and conductor of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Efrain Amaya, will lead MSU faculty, students, and alumni in the orchestra.

Tickets are on sale for $30 for the general public, and student tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at WPOopera.org or by calling 701-858-3191.

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