The Barber of Seville
About The Show
Directed by E. Loren Meeker
Scenery designed by John Conklin
The scenery and costumes were originally created for Gimmerglass Festival
We are proud and excited to announce OPERA San Antonio's second production of our 2016-17 season, The Barber of Seville! This production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville originated at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and will be coming to OPERA San Antonio from North Carolina Opera. Internationally acclaimed set designer, John Conklin, designed the original production at Glimmerglass. In addition, he has designed productions for the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, English National Opera, and Bastille Opera in Paris.
E. Loren Meeker has received critical acclaim for her stage direction of Carmen at Washington National Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at New Orleans Opera, and Manon at Dallas Opera. We are honored to have her join us as our stage director for The Barber of Seville.
Luis Ledesma, who plays Figaro, frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini and Verdi in addition to performing the important bel canto roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. With a career including appearances in several international opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohème), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (La bohème), Wexford Festival (Don Pasquale), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (La bohème), Semperoper in Dresden (La bohème), Koeln Oper (Don Carlo and La traviata), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bellas Artes in Mexico City (La traviata and La bohème), and more. Mr. Ledesma has also sung with many U.S. companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He also sang two tours with Andrea Bocelli, performing in famous venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida, and the Auditorio Nacional Mexico City.
Playing the role of Rosina, American soprano Sarah Coburn is captivating international audiences with her “precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a thrilling top and bottom register” (The Globe and Mail). Following her performances in Lucia de Lammermoor at Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Observer noted “she turns out to have qualities that have made legends out of so many of her predecessors, from Adelina Patti to Maria Callas: stage charisma, a thrilling upper register and, crucially, a fearlessness about abandoning herself to opera’s most abandoned heroine … this is a palpably exciting voice … Ms. Coburn is a budding prima donna of exceptional promise.” Ms. Colburn’s recent highlights include the role of Amina in La sonnambula with the Wiener Staatsoper, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera, Marie in La fille du regiment with Seattle Opera and Tulsa Opera, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Washington National Opera and with Glimmerglass Opera as the title character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience as well as Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, a role she reprised for New York City Opera. Her extensive list of in-concert credits include appearing with Bryn Terfel with Florida Grand Opera, as well as in a duo-recital for the United States Supreme Court, and engagements with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic at the Tivoli Festival, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra; and Handel & Haydn Society as soloist for Elijah and Messiah.
Singing the role of Count Almaviva is the winner of the Zarzuela prize at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, American tenor Andrew Owens. Owens has quickly built a reputation as one of the most promising singers of his generation, exhibiting a beautiful Italianate timbre, soaring top notes, and effortless agility. Owens’ highlights include the role debut as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia (with Florida Grand Opera), a role he later reprised for his company debut with North Carolina Opera. He also made his company and role debut with Seattle Opera as Leicester in a new production of Maria Stuarda. Mr. Owens joined Dayton Opera for a double bill performance, pairing the world premiere of Stella Sung's The Book Collector with Orff’s Carmina Burana. This summer he debuts with the Caramoor Music Festival as the title role in Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira and as Jaquino in Fidelio. Other highlights include Theater an der Wien as Chevalier Léon in Milhaud’s La Mère coupable, Theater Magdeburg as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Camille in Die lustige Witwe, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola for both Opera Sratoga and Greensboro. On the concert stage, Mr. Owens appeared as the tenor soloist in The Genius of Mozart at the National Concert Hall, Dublin with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.
Directed by E. Loren Meeker
Conducted by Vlad Iftinca
Scenery designed by John Conklin. The scenery was originally created for Glimmerglass Festival.
Luis Ledesma – Figaro
Sarah Coburn – Rosina
Andrew Owens – Count Almaviva
Ashraf Sewailam - Basilio
Jake Gardner - Bartolo
*Claudia Chapa - Berta
*Rob Saldaña - Fiorello
*Andrew Thornton - Ambrogio
The San Antonio Symphony: Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director
*denotes local artist