The Barber of Seville presented by Opera NH

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People who have never been to an opera or think they know nothing about it, know at least one aria: the "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's II BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA— The Barber of Seville. It's the ultimate tongue-twisting patter song (where would Gilbert & Sullivan be without it?) and it comes early in the opera: its the opera's centerpiece: "Figaro here! Figaro there! Figaro up! Figaro down!" Rossini's opera, with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini, was a musicalization of the first of three plays featuring the barber Figaro and his master, the Count Almaviva, by the 18th-century French playwright Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Everyone wants a piece of this clever barber, and it's the nature of farcical hysteria that the hero has to be in more than one place at a time. The Barber of Seville may not have the deep humanity of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, or Mozart's profound musicality, but it's a dazzling and hilarious concoction—one of the most delightful comic musicals the opera-going public ever took to its collective heart. By: Lloyd Schwartz, Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix and classical music critic for NPR.

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Tickets: All students age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Premiere:$75 (Opera NH member) $90 (non member) Orchestra:$65/$80 Boxes:$55/$70 1st Balcony:$45/$60 Balcony A-F:$35/$50 Balcony G-K:$25/$40

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The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 668-5588