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A comic romp featuringĀ a barber and outlandish hair will be the focus of the UT Opera Theatre’s fall performance.

The Opera Theatre will present The Barber of Seville, Gioacchino Rossini’s two-act opera. Shows are set for Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 Gay Street.

The show is directed by James Marvel, Opera Theatre director, and conducted by Kevin Class, Opera Theatre music director.

One of the production’s features will be wigs designed by Knoxville hair stylists Jason and Susan Herrera. Twelve mannequin heads with wigs will float above the stage, and a variety of outrageous wigs will be featured prominently throughout the show.

The costumes for Barber will resemble traditional interpretations of the opera, giving students the opportunity to perform in period clothing.

“After presenting two dark and tragic pieces last year, we are lightening things up with our offerings of Barber this fall and Cosi Fan Tutte in the spring,” Marvel said. “These choices will also give the singers an opportunity to handle two very different styles of recitative.”

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for seniors, and $20 for adults and the general public. They may be purchased at the Bijou and Tennessee Theatre box offices, the central ticket office at UT’s University Center or the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office, by phone at 865-656-4444, or online.

For more information about the opera, visit the School of Music’s website.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)