KUTV 2News – Utah Opera’s “The Barber of Seville”

by Ashley Stevens

Utah Opera brings Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” back to Capitol Theater for five runs in a “hilariously beautiful and vibrantly colorful” production set in the 1980s that you’ve never seen before.

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedic opera: Charming and clever Rosina has captured the attention of two men: the older Dr. Bartolo and the wealthy Count Almaviva. Enter Seville’s barber, Figaro, who is enlisted by the Count to assist him in winning Rosina’s heart, and does so with classic comedic flair. Production is inspired by filmmaker Pedro Almodavar and set in the 1980s, giving the production an irreverent and saturated/satirical feel. Said Michael Shell, who directed the original concept of the production: “Almodóvar is brilliant at walking the line between dramatic comedy and melodramatic absurdity. His films are also deeply embedded in Spain and Spanish culture. By using his films as inspiration, we are rooting ourselves in Spain and hopefully giving these characters a new depth, which ultimately reveals much more heart and humor.”