What do you think of when you think of opera? Ear-shattering notes that make you cover your ears? Boring, tragic events that leave you falling asleep? Well, that’s not necessarily true. With the family opera, at the Central City Opera House, the production of “The Barber of Seville,” that’s not how it was.
It took about an hour to get to Central City. Central City is an old mining town. This old Colorado mining town has museums, restaurants, and an old schoolhouse and church. Once we got there, we headed to a pre-show at the old stables. At the little class, I learned the different types of singing that there usually is in operas, a little bit about the opera that we were about to see, and some other important facts about opera. During the pre-show, we did a small stage directions (stage right, stage left, center stage, etc) activity, and we did a scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt, we saw an old barber pole, a bunch of the original chairs from the opera house, and many more things.
After the pre-show, we went out to lunch, grabbed our tickets, and headed for the opera house.
“The Barber of Seville,” is a comedy about a barber and his attempts at matchmaking. When the Count Almaviva sees the beautiful Rosalina standing on her balcony, he is love struck. He knows that he wants to marry her immediately. The only problem is, Dr. Bartolo, the man who watches over Rosalina, plans on marrying her himself, once she is at the age to marry.
When the Count finds his ex-servant, Figaro, he asks him to help serenade Rosalina. Figaro agrees. The Count disguises himself as Lindoro. Figaro suggests that “Lindoro” should disguise himself as a crazy soldier to get into her house. But when Dr. Bartolo finds out that the Lindoro isn’t really a soldier, he causes a commotion, so the police came. They escape without getting arrested, but just barely. As the barber and Count Almaviva try many different disguises, none of them get past Dr. Bartolo.
I thought that “The Barber of Seville” was nothing like any of the stereotypical operas. It was funny and sweet.
The only problem was that all of the lyrics were in Italian, but luckily, there was a screen above the stage that told you what the actors were saying.
I would recommend opera for ages of about 9 and up, unless you are not able to sit still for long periods of time.