Barber of Seville opens on Saturday the 21st at San Diego Opera. It has been a favorite of audiences for years because of its sparkling wit and vocal fireworks.
Having YouTubed the cast, I’m stunned at how young and phenomenal they are. I believe four of the principals are still in their 30’s. We are getting a chance to hear them while they are in their ascendancy.
American baritone Lucas Meachem is making his company debut as Figaro. Judging by his bio, Mr. Meachem is on the cusp of super-stardom. He has already performed lead roles at Chicago Lyric, The Metropolitan Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Count Almaviva is being sung by John Osborne. Mr. Osborne last appeared in San Diego as Alfred in Die Fledermaus. His company debut was as Tamino in the popular Zhondra Rhodes production of The Magic Flute.
Sylvia Tro Santafe is making her company debut as Rosina. Rossini has become her forte and she has performed his operas throughout Europe.
Alexander Vinogradov is the impoverished music teacher Don Basilio. A Russian bass who has made impressive debuts at La Scalla and Verona, Mr. Vinogradov has an incredible tone to his voice. There are several clips of him on YouTube from a user named “darkhoneybass”. I can’t think of a more appropriate description.