One of the world’s most loved comic operas, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, celebrates its 200th anniversary on Saturday 20 February. To mark the occasion, Opera Australia has joined forces with World’s Greatest Shave to donate a portion of ticket sales to the Leukaemia Foundation.
For every ticket purchased to the Sydney Opera House season of The Barber of Seville via http://worldsgreatestshave.com/events, Opera Australia will donate $18.16 to the Leukaemia Foundation. The season concludes on 22 March, 2016.
Chris McMillan, General Manager from the Leukaemia Foundation says “Every day in Australia, 34 people will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and unfortunately many sufferers are children or young adults. Money raised from World’s Greatest Shave is used to help these Australians when they need it most through counselling, information services, accommodation and transport during treatment and of course contributing to research programs to find a cure. We encourage all Australians to follow Figaro’s lead and register to shave or colour their hair ahead of shave weekend March 10-13.”
“Take a friend with you to see the Barber of Seville and together the contribution from your tickets will allow the Foundation to give emotional support to someone to help overcome the initial shock of a diagnosis.”
With its fast-pace and quick wit, The Barber of Seville is one of the most accessible operas, perfect for people making their first visit to the Sydney Opera House.
Conductor: Andrea Molino (until 20 Feb)/ Anthony Legge (until 22 Mar)/ Director: Elijah Moshinsky/ Revival Director: Hugh Halliday/ Set Designer: Michael Yeargan/ Costume Designer: Dona Granata/ Lighting Designer: Howard Harrison
Cast: Figaro: Paolo Bordogna (until 20 Feb); Giorgio Caoduro (until 22 Mar)/ Rosina: Anna Dowsley/ Count Almaviva: Kenneth Tarver (until 20 Feb); Juan Jose de Leon (until 22 Mar)/ Dr. Bartolo: Warwick Fyfe (until 20 Feb); Andrew Moran (until 22 Mar)/ Don Basilio: David Parkin/ Berta: Jane Ede/ Fiorello / Ambrogio / Notary: Samuel Dundas
With the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus