sarah coburn is in town

and she‘s the reason you should go check out Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, performed by the Boston Lyric Opera between now and March 18.  I actually have heard Ms. Coburn once as Gilda in LA Opera’s Rigoletto in 2010, and remember mentioning somewhere I really liked her voice (may be on my blog?)

Last night show got started a bit sluggish in part due to the boring exchange between a low-key Fiorello and an unmotivated Count Almaviva.  This is always the hurdle for the Barber of Seville it seems: slow music, loads of male voice chattering to (somewhat) slow tempo, and dragging exchange between the 2 male singers.  I once saw Juan Diego Florez in this role, he got our attention! Not quite this night.  Figaro came along to bring up the mood.  Jonathan Beyer’s Figaro is quite charming. He sang and acted the character well, though not the most extrovert Figaro you have encountered (but already a huge contrast to the Count on this night).  The whole show quickly lighted up the moment Rosina’s trill is heard through the window.  It’s probably the most ornamented “Una voce poco fa” I’ve ever heard, but Sarah Coburn’s singing fits in just right with the acting to present a witty, rebellious, and resilient Rosina (especially the second “Ma!” after telling us she is really a reasonable and obedient girl.)  Though a soprano, she has a very warm voice that our ears just simply *love* when heard live.

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