This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is Lyric Opera’s new production of “The Barber of Seville,” directed by Rob Ashford. In Gioachino Rossini's 1816 opera, Count Almaviva disguises himself as a student named Lindoro to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina (Isabel Leonard). Since Rosina is the ward of the foolish Dr. Bartolo, the Count enlists the help of his former servant Figaro (Nathan Gunn), the titular Barber, to make the match. In this duet, "Dunque io son," Figaro reveals “Lindoro”’s adoration of Rosina and encourages her to write him. But — gasp! — she has already written the letter. Perhaps she is smarter than he realizes. “Gia' era scritto? Ve', che bestia! Il maestro faccio a lei!” “Oh, she’s very very clever. I have nothing more to teach her!” “The Barber of Seville” plays the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr., through Feb. 28.
We filmed this video, a duet from the opera, in our studio in Tribune Tower.