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Virginia Opera Presents The Barber of Seville on December 3 and 4 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts 

October 31, 2016
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FAIRFAX, VA, October 31, 2016 – Virginia Opera continues its2016-2017 Season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on December 3rd at 8 pm and December 4th at 2pm with The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

Full of comical high jinks, mistaken identities, and longing lovers, The Barber of Seville recounts the tale of Count Almavira, a love-sick noble man who is prohibited from seeing his beloved Rosina by the curmudgeon who is her guardian. So Almavira enlists the help of Figaro, the town's barber and all-around problem solver. The two scheme, concocting tricks and hoaxes, to gain access to the lovely Rosina, and hopefully unite Almavira with his beloved. The iconic score of this work contains some of the most recognizable tunes in all of music, including "Largo al factotum," "Figaro's Aria," and "Una voce poco fa."

Virginia Opera’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Adam Turner, stated, “The Barber of Seville is a staple of the repertory and is considered one of the “top 10” operas. Virginia Opera has not presented this comic masterpiece in many years and this title complemented the rest of the chosen season repertory very well. In an effort to attract new audiences, this is the perfect opera for a first-time opera attendee.”

The set by Shoko Kambara and costumes by Amanda Seymour are from Opera Philadelphia and deliver a palette of vivid whimsy and modern edge. Stage Director, Michael Shell (The Magic Flute 2013) returns to offer hilarious twists to the rollicking storyline. Conductor John Baril, Music Director of Central City Opera, will provide secure musical guidance from the pit for a vibrant young cast and The Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

In the title baritone role of Figaro, Virginia Beach native Will Liverman, makes his Virginia Opera debut. Former Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists, mezzo-soprano Megan Marino and tenor Andrew Owens sing the roles of the lovers, Rosina and Count Almaviva. Bass-baritone and Richmond, VAnative, Matthew Burns returns to Virginia Opera in the role of the flustered Dr. Bartolo, and bass-baritone Christopher Job returns to Virginia Opera to perform the role of Rosina’s scheming music tutor, Don Basilio.

Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell Allen praised, “Virginia Opera is fortunate to be able to offer the high level of quality in production and performance that it does. Also, it is wonderful to see native Virginians in our casts, and in Barber we have two. It’s great to celebrate our home-grown talent.”

This Virginia Opera production of The Barber of Seville will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Barber of Seville at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts are $110, $90, $52. Youth Discount Tickets (half price tickets for youth through grade 12) are available for this event. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 888-945-2468, or in person at the Center for the Arts ticket office. One free student ticket will be available with Mason ID beginning on November 22, 2016. 


The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall and free parking is located in university Lot K.


The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists. Great Performances at Mason, an annual season of national and international artists, features the best of classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, theater, global music and dance, and more. As a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of Music, Theater, and Dance. The Center for the Arts is also the performing home for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance and exhibition of the arts acting on the strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and societies. The College honors the value of the great traditions in the arts while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. This distinctive fusion of the academic and professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present defines the college as it engages new art forms, communities and ways of working to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the professional presentation and production arms of the college, welcome a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to their stages. The college is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.