Opera Preview The Barber of Seville, with music by Gioachino Rossini and libretto by Cesare Strebini, will be presented by the Indianapolis Opera Oct. 8, 8 p.m., Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave.
Figaro is the barber with a headfull of hairy adventures and razor-sharp wit. His machinations are in the service of his master, Count Almaviva and the object of his affections, the lovely Rosina. Outwitting Rosina’s guardian is a plot you’ll never forget. Along with catchy tunes you’ll hum on the way out, you’ll continue to chortle over the delightful staging and talk about what makes an opera character memorable. Two newcomers along with a handful of IO favorites fill the bill. Vera L. Calabria makes her IO debut as stage director. Kirstin Chavez portrays Rosina for her first appearance with IO. World-renowned baritone Robert Orth as Figaro is delivering his signature role. Arthur Woodley as Basilio, John Davies as Dr. Bartolo and Curt Peterson as Count Almaviva are returning with Orth to open IO’s season. In supporting roles, Patricia Stiles is Berta and Nicholas Provenzale is Fiorello. Maestro James Caraher is on the podium conducting members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Performed in Italian, you can follow the English translations projected above the stage. For those desiring an even fuller experience, call 283-3531 to learn about Preludes and Opening Night Celebrations, including “Overture,” a pre-opera discussion 45 minutes prior to curtain. Call 283-3470 for season and single tickets. Season: $72-$250; Single: $25-$76.50; www.indyopera.org.