What fun I had tonight. I was invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the Knoxville Opera performing "The Barber of Seville." I walked into the historic Tennessee Theatre which is so beautiful, and my heart skipped a beat because I knew I was in for a real treat. I was a few minutes late and so I went straight to the double doors and slipped in quietly, trying not to disturb the audience or the performers.
This is a story of Count Almaviva who is infatuated with a young girl, named Rosina. He disguises himself as a commoner and serenades her in hopes of winning her love. Figaro is the Barber of Seville and he seems to have his hand in everything including helping this young couple be together. In the meantime, her tutor, Dr. Bartolo, has his own plans to make Rosina his wife, whether she is agreeable or not. So, the trickery and manipulation begins with hysterical results. I found myself laughing out loud, and although there were English translations appearing on the board above the curtain, I was so engrossed at times on what was happening on stage that I would forget to look up. In spite of the fact that they were singing in Italian, it was easy to follow the story.
When I got back home I immediately began researching the actors and was delighted to see what impressive background and experience they came with, such as, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. All I can say is, for a good time call the Knoxville Opera. The performances are this weekend only, so don't wait to check it out.