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Fri-Sun: 'The Barber of Seville' at the Bijou

The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, a part of the UT School of Music, returns to downtown this weekend for a production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Check out the preview in this week's Metro Pulse.

Rossini and his librettist, Cesare Sterbini, based the opera buffa on the Beaumarchais play and subtitled it The Futile Precaution. That's a big hint toward the comedy's marvelous plot.

The production is being staged by UTOT director James Marvel with music direction by Kevin Class. The cast (split over the four performances) is:

Count Almaviva: Todd Barnhill and Marshall Rollings
Rosina: Lauren Lyles and Dallas Norton
Dr. Bartolo: Kevin Doherty and Aaron Dunn
Figaro: Mattia D'Affuso and Ryan Olson
Basilio: Tad Ennen and Peter Johnson
Berta: Farah Padamsee and Julie Roy
Fiorello: Scott Beasley and William Sliger
Ambrogio: William Sliger
Captain: Cody Galyon

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Tickets $20, Italian with English supertitles
Friday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.