Sunday, July 05, 2015

Pine Mountain Music Festival to present "The Barber of Seville" July 9, 12 at Rozsa Center

HANCOCK -- Opera returns to the Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) stage for the 25th Season with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in two performances -- 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 -- at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts in Houghton.*

First performed in 1816, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts which has become one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertory. Determined to win the affection of the beautiful Rosina with charm and wit, rather than money, Count Almaviva recruits the help of Figaro, the barber of Seville, to steal her away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo.

Festival favorite and U.P. native, tenor Miles Mykkanen, performs the role of Count Almaviva, and is joined by soprano Chrystal E. Williams as Rosina, baritone Levi Hernandez as Figaro, and bass Bradley Smoak as Basilio. The production is conducted by PMMF Artistic Director Donald Schleicher and is directed by Debra Dickinson.

On both July 9 and July 12, a pre-opera talk will be offered one hour before the performance. Tickets are General Cost: $45, $35, $22 and Student/Child Cost: $11. Click here to order tickets for the July 9 evening performance. Click here to order tickets for the July 12 matinee.

The Pine Mountain Music Festival features a season of opera, symphony and chamber music each summer in the Dickinson County area, the Marquette area, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and other locations in the Upper Peninsula. Based in Hancock, Michigan, it is supported by donations, ticket sales, and grants. Visit the web at pmmf.org, or call (906) 482-1542 for more information.

The 2015 Season is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by The Shaw and Betty Walker Foundation, The Ann and Tom Johnston Charitable Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation, and the Payne and Dolan Company.

*The Rozsa Center for Performing Arts is on the Michigan Tech campus. Click here for a map.

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