A Conversation with “Figaro”

A Conversation with “Figaro”

Philadelphia resident Joseph Barron, a bass-baritone, plays the title role in The Marriage of Figaro.He recently debuted as Kaspar in Der Freischütz at the Virginia Opera. Last season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Salome and Rigoletto, made...
The Home Court Advantage

The Home Court Advantage

In Charlotte, we’re not surprised to see an NFL player in line at the grocery store or a NASCAR driver at the movies. But did you know there’s also the possibility you could bump in to an opera star when you’re picking up the dry cleaning?Melinda Whittington, who...
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Will Figaro and Susanna ever make it the altar? So many roadblocks are placed in their path, you may begin to wonder if there will actually be a marriage in The Marriage of Figaro.We asked three opera stars about their wackiest wedding day stories.“My wife was a...
What is Opera Buffa?

What is Opera Buffa?

Those who have never been to an opera (and there are a few, believe it or not) may think a death scene is a prerequisite. To be sure, the art form is filled with exquisite final scenes where someone breaths his last breath. But there’s another kind of opera that is...