Director: The Barber of Seville – Madison Opera

“Review: Fun-loving ‘Barber of Seville’ finds the joy in Rossini’s comedy”

Will Livermann

“Madison Opera’s lighthearted production of “The Barber of Seville” makes clear why this bright, comic opera has been endlessly adapted for cartoon characters… It’s delightful to see that playfulness echoed in Doug Scholz-Carlson’s capable direction…

“A sense of farce marks Scholz-Carlson’s “Barber of Seville” as one for contemporary audiences, with shades of Gilbert and Sullivan and Monty Python in the mix. The script may not be terribly smart, but Scholz-Carlson is, adding visual tricks and inside jokes.”

The Capital Times

“Opera review: ‘Barber of Seville’ is a laugh a minute


“Madison Opera’s presentation of “The Barber of Seville” is one of the funniest stage productions the community has seen in a long, long time. Much of the credit for that has to go to the director, Doug Scholz-Carlson, who managed to make slapstick classic…”In addition, many of these singers have worked together in operas around the country; they have an easy grace about them that precludes competition for the limelight.

“And that’s where Scholz-Carlson comes in.

“An opera that relies on counts disguising themselves as drunken soldiers and fake piano teachers is going to have a fair amount of slapstick comedy involved. But slapstick, when imposed on an opera – where the singers actually have to hit a range of notes – has to be done to perfection or it loses much of its power…

“I’ve been to a fair number of comic operas where the audience laughter seemed forced. Not at this production. The laughter was hearty and, at least where I was sitting, much of it seemed to come from young people.”
Photos: Will Liverman, John Irvin and Emily Fons