CIRCOLO GOES TO OPERA, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (The Barber of Seville)

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A young Gioacchino Rossini and his music

Cari Amici – Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that Circolo Italiano proposes to you this delightful opera buffaIl Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), music by Gioacchino Rossini. Buffo in Italian means “funny” and this opera has plenty of funny moments!  For a few interesting facts and factoids about Rossini, please scroll to the end of this post after the payment options.

Rossini’s comic masterpiece has been charming audiences for more than 200 years. It’s all about bribery, deceit and disguise as Figaro—barber by day and matchmaker by night—helps the beautiful Rosina and Count Lindoro outwit and outmaneuver their befuddled elders.  It is comedy, romance and vocal pyrotechnics at their best and the music is sparkling.

Interested?  We offer two great packages you can choose from.  Both include a lovely luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club followed by the opera.  The only difference between them is the section of the seats at the Granada Theater. The lunch at La Cumbre CC is the same for everyone.

Do you already have the theater ticket but would like to join the group for lunch? No problem.  Just give me a call and I can arrange it. (805-969-1018)

Here are the details of this event:

Sunday, March 4th, 2018
12:00 Noon
a lovely Luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club,
4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

followed by

Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Granada Theater at
2:30pm

(DRESS CODE FOR LA CUMBRE: NO DENIM OF ANY TYPE/COLOR)

COST AND CHOICES

Lunch & opera (Section C seats or better): $98 per person,
OR:
Lunch and opera (Section D seats): $70 per person

DEADLINE TO RESERVE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 2018

HOW TO RESERVE AND PAY

BY CHECK:  please click on this LINK for a downloadable and printable RSVP form;
BY CREDIT CARD:  please choose option 1 or 2 for your theater section + lunch you wish to buy, click on the yellow button and then follow directions.


Theater Sections and lunch



A FEW FACTS AND FACTOIDS ON ROSSINI

Short Biography.
Image result for G. RossiniGioacchino Rossini was born in Pesaro, Marche Region, in 1792.  He spent his adolescence in Bologna, where he enrolled in the local conservatory at the age of 14.  He composed his first professional opera, La cambiale di matrimonio, when he was 18 years old. He acquired international fame by the age of 20, with Tancredi and L’Italiana in Algeri. He retired at age 37.

His Music.
Known for his rhythmic brilliance, Rossini wrote musical pieces whose frenzy marks a departure from the style of 18th century opera. His melodies have a fresh inventiveness about them, and a profound attention to orchestration and harmony.

The Composers he Admired.
He was quoted as saying:  “I take Beethoven twice a week, Haydn four times, but Mozart every day… Mozart is always adorable.

His Jovial Personality.
He liked to say about himself: “I have only wept three times in my life: the first time when my earliest opera failed, the second time when, with a boating party, a truffled turkey fell into the water, and the third time when I first heard Paganini play.

What Beethoven Thought of him.
Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on the backside” was how Ludwig van Beethoven assessed Rossini’s production.
In 1822, Rossini succeeded in meeting Beethoven, who was then aged 51, deaf and in failing health. The two communicated in writing and Beethoven noted: “Ah, Rossini. So you’re the composer of The Barber of Seville. I congratulate you. It will be played as long as Italian opera exists. Never try to write anything else but opera buffa; any other style would do violence to your nature.

And, finally… The great Epicure
There are several anecdotes regarding Rossini’s appreciation for fine food. According to his biographers, Rossini worked as an altar boy when he was a child just so he could drink the sacramental wine left over from mass.
When he went to Paris, he became close friends with chef Antonin Careme, who dedicated various recipes to him. Rossini, in turn, created arias for piano dedicated to entrees and desserts.
When Wagner visited him in his country estate in Passy in 1860, Rossini allegedly excused himself repeatedly during their conversations and came back after four or five minutes. When Wagner asked for an explanation, Rossini replied that he was busy checking on a roebuck sirloin he was roasting.

 

Arrivederci all’opera!  Gabriella

 

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