Met Opera: A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

November 19, 2014 5:19 PM

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Few operas can provide an evening of such pure delight as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and few productions of Rossini's comic gem are as much fun as the one now on the boards at the Metropolitan Opera, with a smashing Isabel Leonard as Rosina and a solid Christopher Maltman as Figaro, the titular barber of quality.

For one thing, there is always something going on in Bartlett Sher's three-ring-circus staging of this definitive opera buffa, whether it's an attacking orange tree, an explosion of carrots, or a giant anvil descending from the flies to smash a cartload of pumpkins (any reference to a Chicago rock b...

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