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Happy Valentine’s Day from Figaro and Rosina!

Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's  The Barber of Seville treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights. 

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Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville  treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights.

Nathan Gunn answered questions from his devoted followers in a live Facebook chat right here at Lyric headquarters. Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming even stopped by to say hello! 

 

 

On the WGN Midday News, seen not only in Chicago but nationwide, Isabel Leonard chatted with Steve Sanders about Barber and beautifully performed "I Loved You Once in Silence" from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot

 

 

Still looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? A romantic night at the opera is sure to please. Tickets for the final four performances of The Barber of Seville are available, as well as seats for the darkly sensual fairy tale Rusalka and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, which tells a story of passion, power, and forgiveness. 

Photo credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

 

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“Barber” by the Numbers

From sets to singers, so much goes into each  production on Lyric's stage-here are just a few of the statistics that make the brand-new Barber of Seville so special!

Lyric's new production of Rossini's classic romantic farce The Barber of Seville  is a marvel, with even scene changes earning applause from the audience. From sets to singers, so much goes into each  production on Lyric's stage—here are just a few of the statistics that make the brand-new Barber of Seville  so special!

Water

300 gallons of water to fill up the pool in Dr. Bartolo's house in Act 1. And it takes 4 hours to change the water for each performance.

Figaros

26 (at least!)  "Figaros" in the famous "Largo al factotum" aria (Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!)

Musicians

63 musicians in Barber's pit orchestra-including a guitar and harpsichord!

Hats

47 absolutely fabulous hats

Swords

22 swords wielded by Almaviva and the soldiers

Chorus

20 Lyric Opera Chorus members doubling as Almaviva's band and as soldiers

Chandeliers

5 beautiful wrought iron chandeliers

Disguises

3 disguises Almaviva undertakes in his wooing of Rosina

Dip

1 romantic dip

Shirtless

0 opportunities to see Nathan Gunn take off his shirt. But he does rock a deep v!

Performances

5 performances left! Don't miss the best Barber ever!

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Nathan Gunn – Behind the “Barber”

Barihunk Nathan Gunn was on WTTW's Chicago Tonight on February 5 to talk with Phil Ponce about performing one of his signature roles as the ever-resourceful Figaro in Lyric's current production of The Barber of Seville

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Barihunk Nathan Gunn was on WTTW's Chicago Tonight on February 5 to talk with Phil Ponce about performing one of his signature roles as the ever-resourceful Figaro in Lyric's current production of The Barber of Seville (on stage through February 28). He also discussed his role at the School of Music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the strong Midwestern roots that have led to his making Champaign his home base, and how much he enjoys collaborating with the great Mandy Patinkin. 

You can watch the entire interview, plus a performance of "Largo al Factotum" from Barber (accompanied by Lyric's Bill Billingham)  below.

 

And if you can't get enough Gunn, here's bonus footage of him performing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" 

 

Photo credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

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